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Turkish FM Davutoğlu (R) talks to his German counterpart Westerwelle. REUTERS photo

Turkish FM Davutoğlu (R) talks to his German counterpart Westerwelle. REUTERS photo

Turkey retains its position as the most favorable country in the Middle East, a recent study conducted by the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV) has revealed.

The study, called “Turkey’s Perception in the Middle East,” was conducted through face-to-face and telephone interviews with 2,800 people across 16 countries, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia on Aug. 3 and 28.

Ccomparing with 2011 Ankara’s points dropped

The results showed that 26 percent of the participants perceived economic problems as the most important issue of the region while 10 percent saw the presence and threat of the West and 7 percent saw Israel-Palestine as the most important issues.

Among the participants, 69 percent chose Turkey as the most favorable country in the region with Egypt and Jordan trailing behind with 65 and 62 percent respectively. However Turkey’s position has dropped 9 points when compared to last year.

Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran are perceived as the most unfavorable countries.

For the first time, the study surveyed the regional power perception of the people. Twelve percent of the participants chose Turkey as a political power, followed by Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

December/11/2012

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Tekion Particle

12/11/2012 7:23:50 PM

From what percentage threshold was these figures divided. Last time I checked a whole unit was 100% from which you cannot generate the figures above. 69 + 65 + 62 = 196.

Steve Anderson

12/11/2012 6:36:45 PM

DO all you commentators have problems with reading comprehension? The study was performed upon people across 16 countries, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Tunisia and other Muslim nations. Just HOW STUPID can you all be? Of course with this sampling, the people of that part of the world would not care to visit Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom and Iran as THOSE nations are perceived as the most unfavorable countries by their societies.

Fred Doyle

12/11/2012 6:06:18 PM

"69 percent chose Turkey as the most favorable country in the region with Egypt and Jordan trailing behind with 65 and 62 percent respectively" Turkey is ONLY 4 points ahead!?!!? That seems crazy to me, with all the chaos in Egypt. as there a tectonic plate shift? When did the U.S. and U.K move into the Middle East?

dogan kemal ileri

12/11/2012 2:32:23 PM

pointless articled by superimposed by even more pointless comments

Ummah Muslim

12/11/2012 1:21:57 PM

The return of the Ottoman Empire. (With another name and another political system. Islamic Empire , Democratic system.)

OZman Cometh

12/11/2012 12:31:32 PM

Nothing like a questionable story that may be positive toward Türkiye to bring out the haters.

Agnes Smith

12/11/2012 11:34:05 AM

Pointless and just for internal proclamation and satisfaction.

JRC JRC

12/11/2012 10:53:30 AM

Yes, opinion polls are completely reliable sources.

Faruk Beisser

12/11/2012 10:12:58 AM

Ummah, you must be living in a dream world that you have not noticed how Turkey is being turned into an Iranian ''democracy''! And the findings of TESEV cannot be expected to bring the truth as they are part of the Gülen/Erbakan AKP.

Turk Uzan

12/11/2012 8:07:14 AM

ok, would have been better if the sample group was a little larger though .. and if the survey was done by a foreign group.
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