Nov. 23, 2010, 10:02 a.m.
The International Republican Institute (IRI) has released the findings from its most recent public opinion survey in Turkey. The general findings of the survey indicate that Turks feel their country is headed in the right direction.
Unemployment and security are of particular concern to voters, and were identified as the most important issues in the next general elections. Turks also indicated that they want to hear more from politicians about unemployment. When asked to evaluate the performance of the government on a range of issues, fighting unemployment received the lowest average rating: 3.85 on a 10 point scale. The government scored highest on the issues of health care and protection of religious freedom.At the local level, optimism is more pronounced, as 69 percent of those polled believe things in their municipalities are heading in the right direction. Road conditions and trash collection were cited as the top reasons for that belief.