Our NATO Ally: Ten percent of Turks do not see Islamic State as terrorist body – survey

Jan 12 Nearly one-in-ten Turks do not regard Islamic State as a terrorist organisation, and more than 5 percent agree with their actions, according to a new survey published on Tuesday.

The data was released on the same day as a suspected Syrian suicide bomb attack in the heart of Istanbul’s tourist district which killed at least 10 people and raised fresh fears of Islamist violence in the NATO member country.

The United Nations, including Turkey, brand the group, which has taken swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, a terrorist organisation.

The research, entitled Turkey’s Social Trends Survey, was carried out by an Ankara-based think-tank and surveyed more than 1,500 people across Turkey — a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation — in November.

  • Barrington Minge

    ten percent of Turks are arseholes……

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Just ten percent?

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        The rest were practicing taqiyya.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Lying to pollsters?
          Surely not, no!

  • simus1

    The turkish sunnis roughly divide into “muslim modernists” who admire the Prussian way of getting things done and the “muslim trads”, stone age, welfare besotted, devout clowns and their fecund families from the back woods who are now the political majority almost everywhere.

  • moraywatson

    Well those isis sympathies sure do make Turkey a swell NATO partner.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      To say nothing of when they join the EU. 😀