More than 50 percent of Turks have little to no trust in state institutions such as the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) and the Central Bank, according to a study by Aksoy Research.
The pollster, owned by a former parliamentary candidate for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), found that TÜİK was the least trusted of all public bodies, with 57.5 percent of participants saying they have little or no trust in it, TELE1 reported on Tuesday.
Trust in the Diyanet was also low, with 53.4 percent saying they had little or no trust in it, while the Central Bank saw a distrust level of 56.7 percent.
Voters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) reported the highest levels of trust to the institutions among participants. AKP voters trust in TÜİK by 42 percent, while the Central Bank and Diyanet enjoyed trust levels of 49.3 and 55.8 respectively.
Participants were also asked what they would do about religious orders if they were president. Only 3.4 percent said they would give orders free rein, while 42.6 percent said they would ban them completely. Another 39.6 percent said they would install extremely strict controls on them.