Turkey: only 1 in 3 consider Turkey 'democratic', poll

19 February, 15:30

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, FEBRUARY 19 - Only one in three Turks, or 34.2% of the population, considers Turkey a 'fully democratic country', according to a poll on social and political trends by the Kadir Has university published in Harriyet Tuesday. Some 29.9% of those polled think that there is full 'freedom of thought' in the country while 28.8% say that the Turkish press is 'free', and 52.5% think that the justice system is 'politicized.' Some 65% are against key presidential reforms to the constitution proposed by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan and are in favour of keeping the current parliamentary system.

But 34.3% support Erdogan's election as head of state next year, versus 12% who back the social democratic opposition leader Kemal Kilicadaroglu and 10.7% who support the current President Abdullah Gul - co founder along with Erdogan of the AKP. (ANSAmed).

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