Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris Postasi newspaper (26.01.16) reports that the “Research Institute” of occupied Keryneia (GAE) has announced the result of a research conducted in 2015 regarding the short-term political, economic and social expectations of the Turkish Cypriots. The research was conducted on 20 December with the participation of 941 persons (48% women and 52% men) in five occupied districts with the aim of comparing the results with similar surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014.
According to the results, 30.29% of the participants said that the most important problem that should be solved is the Cyprus problem, which had been the most important problem in the surveys since 2013, but the number of the participants who described the Cyprus problem as the most important problem of the “country” increased by 10% in 2015. The percentage of those who believe that this problem will be solved this year is only 27%.
The reply to the question “who is responsible in case of a non-solution to the Cyprus problem” has not changed during these three years. Every year the Greek Cypriots are considered to be responsible in case of a non-solution, but the number of those considering the Greek Cypriots as the primary responsible for the non-solution increased by 8% in 2015 and reached 57.4%.Turkey is following in the second place as it is considered responsible by 12.6% of the participants. This percentage fell by 5% comparing to the last year’s survey. On the contrary, the percentage of those who consider Greece responsible for the non-solution increased to 4.5% in 2015 from 2% last year. Moreover, 6.6% of the participants in the survey consider the Turkish Cypriot side responsible in case of a non-solution to the Cyprus problem.
The results show that 50.7% of the participants do not believe that the natural gas and oil will contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem. Furthermore, 48.3% of the participants do not believe that the water which had been transferred to the occupied area of the island from Turkey will contribute to the solution of the Cyprus problem.
Asked what their biggest expectation from the current self-styled government of the regime is, the replies were the following: 42.9% to solve the Cyprus problem, 22.8% to solve the unemployment problem, and 19.2% to implement the economic “protocol” with Turkey.
The views as regards the continuity of the self-styled government have not changed since 2013, as the majority relates this continuity to Turkey’s stance. 39.5% of the participants in 2015 said that the “government’s” continuity depends on Turkey’s stance and 34.6% on the “government’s” actions and work.
Asked which institution they trust the most, the participants replied: 41.5% the army (this percentage was 22.69% in 2014), 8.82% the “courts” and 1% the media, the “universities”, the political parties, the “departments of the state” and the “police”.
The participants drew a pessimistic picture as regards their economic situation. 65.9% replied negatively to the question as to whether they believe that their earnings or income will increase in 2016. This percentage was 63% in 2014 and 68.6% in 2013. Only 22.7% of the participants replied positively to the above question.
Asked “which of the following statements describe best the economic situation of your family”, 47.7% of the participants said that they can barely get on, 23.6% that they were forced to get a loan and 13.3% that they could save money.
31.5% of the participants in the survey work in the private sector, 15.5% in the “public sector”, 19.1% were pensioners, 16.9% were housewives, 10,4% students and 6.6% were included in the “others” category.
32.7% of the participants in the survey were university graduates, 2.3% were holders of a postgraduate diploma, 35.5% were lyceum graduates, 12.2% high school graduates, 15.9% primary school graduates and 1.3% are non-graduates from any school.
18.1% of the participants in the survey said they have no salary, 3.5% said their salary varies between 500 and 1000 Turkish Liras (TL), 22.5% between 1001 and 2000 TL , 30.1% between 2001 and 3000 TL, 18.1% between 3001 and 4000 TL and 7.7% more than 4000 TL.