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A big crowd is seen on the Istiklal Avenue, one of Istanbul’s busiest districts. AA photo

A big crowd is seen on the Istiklal Avenue, one of Istanbul’s busiest districts. AA photo

Turks are entering the New Year with rather pessimistic expectations on welfare similar to crisis-hit Europeans, according to a survey conducted in 54 countries by WIN/Gallup International.

The welfare pessimism among Turks increased this year, with 43 percent of the citizens thinking that things will become harder next year, according to a press release by Barem Research, which undertook the Turkish leg of the survey.

Only 30 percent of Turkish participants think the economic welfare in the country will improve this year.

Some 25 percent sees no change. The net economic hope, which stood at -1 in last year’s survey, dropped to -13 points. The most pessimistic countries are E.U. members, with Portugal and France topping the black side of the list.

The most hopeful people live in Georgia and Azerbaijan, said the survey.

Barem said it interviewed 1,028 people for the Turkish leg of the study.

December/31/2012

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Pawel Bury

12/31/2012 7:46:07 PM

@Agnes, very nice said. Fellow Turks talk about bankruptcy when they don't even know what wealth is. They only wish they have the bankrupted yearly income...

Agnes Smith

12/31/2012 3:09:03 PM

The truth of the matter is - whilst the rest of Europe is trying to take the bitter pill of austerity the average Turk has been taking it since time began. How can you hope for economic welfare when you don't know what it is. 335 euros per month is the minimum wage. Ask anyone in the poll if they could live on this. Most families in Europe get this plus, as a state handout.

Ummah Muslim

12/31/2012 1:36:35 PM

That's a lie. In 2002 Turkey had a minimum loan of 150 tl per month. Now in 2012 it is more then 800 tl per month. And the unemployment rate fell to 8% from more then 12% in 2002. Turkey now makes more then 800 billion money per year , in 2002 it was 200 billion. Turkish debt is fallen to 37% , while the European country's is hanging around the 100% debt rate. And don't forget that Turkey is still growing like China is growing. The power is shifting to the eastern world , the new world order.

american american

12/31/2012 12:08:19 PM

yes ummah, the economy will grow - but not for you or me

Ummah Muslim

12/31/2012 10:34:30 AM

The Turkish central bank expects a minimum 4 pct growth next year in 2013.

Faruk Beisser

12/31/2012 9:00:41 AM

WOW! 1.028 people representative of 70 million Turks! How I love statistics!!! Those interviewed must not be Gülen/Erbakan AKP members! Wonder how 1.028 AKP members feel?
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