TL crash has cre­ated pes­simism — sur­vey

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THE eco­nomic cri­sis trig­gered by the Turk­ish lira de­val­u­a­tion has cre­ated “dan­ger­ously” po­larised “com­mu­nity with­out hope” and an un­prece­dented level of pes­simism about fu­ture prospects, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey.

Car­ried out in Septem­ber, the sur­vey by the Cen­tre on Mi­gra­tion, Iden­tity and Rights Stud­ies (CMIRS) showed that 80 per cent of re­spon­dents could fore­see no improve­ment in their eco­nomic prospects within two years — com­pared to 17.98 per cent at the last sur­vey in June — and only 4 per cent ex­pected any improve­ment. Eighty-five per cent be­lieved the coun­try was “mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion” eco­nom­i­cally, up from 77.9 per cent in June.

The same sur­vey also re­vealed that the cri­sis had rocked con­fi­dence in the four­way coali­tion gov­ern­ment — now judged “un­suc­cess­ful” by 83.34 per cent of re­spon­dents, com­pared with 63.39 per cent in June.

The tim­ing of the tele­phone poll co­in­cided with the early im­pact of the cur­rency cri­sis on daily life, par­tic­u­larly through rock­et­ing food, fuel and util­ity prices.

“These fac­tors and the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to ful­fil its promises re­sulted in a com­mu­nity with­out hope,” said CMIRS di­rec­tor Mini Yu­cel, de­scrib­ing the level of pes­simism re­vealed as “un­prece­dented” in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s quar­terly sur­veys. She added: “In ad­di­tion to see­ing ten­den­cies to in­di­vid­u­al­i­sa­tion, su­per­fi­cial dis­cus­sions are be­ing car­ried out on the ba­sis of slo­gans to seek so­lu­tions for so­cial prob­lems and the com­mu­nity is be­ing po­larised. This is a par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous ten­dency.”

Other find­ings showed that most re­spon­dents — 35 per cent — be­lieved the Pres­i­dency was the most suc­cess­ful in “do­ing its duty” to pull the coun­try out of cri­sis, while the gov­ern­ment got the thumbs up from 17.3 per cent and the op­po­si­tion par­ties from just 9.44 per cent.

Asked what they thought would be the best way out of the eco­nomic trou­bles, 31.33 per cent felt this was by “putting our own house in or­der” and seek­ing recog­ni­tion for the TRNC.

Some 28 per cent be­lieved a fed­eral set­tle­ment in Cyprus would bring peace and pros­per­ity, while 13.49 per cent thought an­nex­a­tion of the TRNC by Turkey was the best op­tion.

The sur­vey re­vealed the gov­ern­ment as one of the coun­try’s least trusted in­sti­tu­tions, gain­ing a con­fi­dence score of just 2.2 out of five while trade unions scored 2.18, Par­lia­ment 2.12 and po­lit­i­cal par­ties the least at 1.83.

Po­lice were ranked most trust­wor­thy with a score of 3.2, fol­lowed by the ju­di­ciary on 3.14, the Pres­i­dency on 2.96 and the Om­buds­man on 2.85.

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