Feb 18 2019

Journalists top Turkey's list of most trustworthy names - survey

Journalists and TV personalities are the most trustworthy people in Turkey and well above 60 percent of the country likes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to a survey by Gezici polling agency published on Monday.

The survey, conducted in 30 provinces during face to face interviews with 3764 people between Jan. 24-Feb. 6., found that journalist Uğur Dündar, TV personality and producer Acun Ilıcalı, anchorman İsmail Küçükkaya, anchorwoman Hande Fırat and journalist and anchorman Ahmet Hakan topped the list of Turkey’s most trusted five names.

Meanwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodoğan took the lead as the country’s most liked politician, followed by ally far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party leader (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş, the survey found.

The most trustworthy politicians were rated as Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, CHP deputy Özgür Özel, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, AKP’s mayoral candidate and former Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, CHP presidential candidate Muharrem İnce, according to the survey.

Of the 55-person list of most trustworthy people in the country, 28 were comprised of journalists and television personalities.

Speaking to Ahval Turkish, Gezici polling agency head Murat Gezici said the results of the survey are related to how much exposure the general population has to certain names.

''Whoever society sees more of, whoever they make a connection with, they incline towards. They also tend to incline towards those who entertain them. Acun Ilıcalı is a good example to this end,’’ Gezici said.

The pollster also noted that Turkey has still not shaken off the effects of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt as CNN Turk television's Ankara bureau chief Hande Fırat who went live on air for a Face Time interview with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during that night, is high on Turks’ list of trustworthy names.

Gezici stressed that trust in Erdoğan hovering around the 63-64 percent mark was significant, despite the downturn in the country’s economy following a diplomatic row with Washington in August of last year.  

The high ratings received by Interior Minister Soylu points to the readiness of Turks to embrace the government in the aftermath of the failed putsch, Gezici said.

And finally main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Özgür Özel emerging as the second most trustworthy name in Turkish politics points to the lawmaker’s future as a potential leader for the party, the pollster added.

Overall, there is an increase in trust for both the president and opposition names, Gezici said, in what is a ‘’reflection of the general views of Turkish society.’’

According to the same survey, 58% of voters said for the economic crisis, the foreign forces and opposition parties should be blamed.