Most Turks Hold Negative View of U.S. and EU Despite Warmer Feelings

Although Turkish feelings for the EU and United States warmed somewhat over the past year, the 2011 Transatlantic Trends Report showed that a majority of Turks still view the EU and United States unfavorably. According to the report, a plurality of the Turks considered Turkey‟s neighbors in the Middle East as more important to the country‟s economic interests (43%) and security interests (42%) than countries of the EU (33%). While there was a 5-point increase over the last year (to 48%) in the percentage of Turks who thought Turkish membership in the EU would be a good thing, support remained much lower than it was in 2004 (73%).

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