Thursday, March 5, 2020
Fewer Turks report being happy or very happy with their lives now than in 2008-09
- Women participate in the labour force much less than men, who may be more influenced by economic trends such as unemployment.
- The low-educated are likeliest to be happy, perhaps as there are more girls in this group, but this cohort is also likeliest to be unhappy.
- Expectations that next year will be better are at their lowest since 2008-09, though those expecting no change form the largest group.
TurkStat’s annual Life Satisfaction survey shows more than half of Turks happy/very happy with their lives for most of the post-2002 period, which coincides with Justice and Development Party (AKP) rule. Women are (as elsewhere) more satisfied than men. In 2018- 19, for the first time, fewer than half of men declared themselves happy/very happy. However, about one-third of Turks are consistently unconcerned or apathetic (‘neither happy nor unhappy’).
If the survey is a good proxy for satisfaction with the Erdogan administration, the AKP’s hold over the people has slipped since its peak after the July 2016 attempted coup.
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