Half of Turks believe Gezi protests aimed at creating disorder in society

Half of the respondents of a recent public survey said they believe the Gezi Park demonstrations were intended to create disorder in society and create trouble for the government.

Half of Turks believe Gezi protests aimed at creating disorder in society

World Bulletin/News Desk

Half of the respondents of a recent public survey said they believe the demonstrations that began in late May in protest of government plans to demolish Gezi Park in İstanbul's Taksim Square were intended to create disorder in society and create trouble for the government.

The survey, conducted by the Pollmark polling company, showed that 51.2 percent of respondents believe the goal of the demonstrations was to create chaos in society and put the government in a difficult position, while 33.3 percent said they think the demonstrators were exercising their democratic rights in the protests and that they support them.

Pollmark's survey was carried out between July 9 and 18 through face-to-face interviews with 5,135 people. The results of the survey, which were published in the Sabah daily on Monday, were also presented to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to the daily.

A full 51.5 percent of respondents said they believe the police did not use excessive force against demonstrators during the protests, while 39.5 percent disagreed with that statement.

The protests that began in Taksim spread nationwide after the police forcibly ejected protesters from the park. Five people including a policeman were killed and thousands of others were injured during the weeks of protests.

Among those surveyed, 48.6 percent said they were disturbed that the demonstrators had turned protests that began out of environmental concerns into anti-government protests, while 31,8 percent said the demonstrations had a just cause.

When asked about their views on how the government managed the protests, 42.2 percent said the government managed the Gezi protests well and 41.2 voiced the opposite view.

With regard to the support given by the Republican People's Party (CHP) to the protesters, 59.4 percent said they disapprove while 26.4 percent they approve the CHP's support for the protests.

To another question asking about the general performance of the government, 55.7 percent said they find it successful; 37.3 percent said it is not successful.

When asked for which party they would vote if general elections were held today, 51.9 percent responded that they would vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), 23.5 percent said for the CHP and 13.6 percent said for the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), while 7.4 percent said for the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP).

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2013, 10:58
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