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Reason for optimism: Polls shows Turks do not want Sharia

Reader comment on item: Istanbul's Election Puzzle

Submitted by Dave (United States), Jun 26, 2019 at 12:17

I don't have the results at my fingertips, but I do remember seeing polls that ranked Sharia as a low preference among Turks, at least relative to other Islamic countries. It's also been observed that about 25 percent of Turks are pro-western and quite modern in outlook. From these results, one may conclude that perhaps there is a sort of parallel between Turkey's response to the Islamist Erdogan and Egypt's rejection of Islamist Morsi. And keep in mind that Egypt is a lot more pro-Sharia and far less westernized than Turkey.

That's not to say that Erdogan cannot become the Sultan of his dreams and lock Turkey down for a long time, but let's hope that the Turkish people will draw a red line on all that.


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