SETA has issued a new report (click here for the full report in English) based on a study of Turkish attitudes toward Arabs and others. Pretty negative overall, with results varying somewhat between upper and lower income groups and men and women.
Attitude towards Arabs: 39% negative, 34% positive. (Egypt is liked better than Oman; 44% dislike Iraq.) 71% don’t listen to Arab music and 93% don’t read Arabic literature, although 50% are interested in learning Arabic and 65% like Saudi investment in Turkey. Ever the pragmatists.
40% like Iranians, 31% don’t. (More women than men dislike them.)
65% don’t like Americans.
37% like Europeans, 35% dislike them. (Younger people like them more, women less.)
74% don’t like Armenians; 72% don’t like Jews (young people of lower status are more negative toward Jews)
The following results are from a Turkish news report about what I think is the same study, although I didn’t see these results in the study. Maybe they’re in the Turkish original (which I didn’t see posted on the SETA website.)
28% of men like the Russians, but only 13% of women do.
Nobody really cares one way or the other about the Chinese: like 37%, dislike 30%.
Who should you do long-term business with? 31% chose the [Central Asian] Turkish republics, 26% Islamic countries, 23% EU, 12% US, Russia and China 8%.