KONDA Survey:  Turkish youth less conservative, wants to live abroad

Around 56 percent of young people in Turkey would like to live abroad if they have the opportunity, according to the “Youth, Values, and Future on the Threshold of the Second Century” survey conducted by Hisar Schools Humanities and Social Sciences Research Center in cooperation with KONDA Research Company.


The survey was conducted in 78 provinces with 3,147 respondents, 930 of whom were between the ages of 15-29.


The rate of dissatisfaction with education was 71 percent among young people between the ages of 15-24, the majority of whom were students.


As the income level increased, the level of satisfaction with education decreased.


According to 43 percent of the respondents, women did not have equal opportunities with men. The same rate reaches 50 percent among young women.


Almost 60 percent of young people aged 15-24 wanted to live abroad “if they were given opportunity.” Among people between the ages of 25-29, the same rate decreased by a small margin, but it was still more than half.

While 62 percent of those who described their lifestyle as “modern” would like to live abroad, this rate dropped to 28 percent among “religious conservatives.”


Young people give higher priority to “egalitarianism” and “defense of human rights” than the rest of Turkey.


“Tolerance “hard-working” and “individualism”  attributes are valued at a rate slightly above the average in Turkey.


“Honesty”, “traditionalism”, “local/nationality” and “hospitality” are values ​​that have lost their relative importance.


Young people mostly define themselves as “Ataturkists”


The answer “Nationalism” comes in second place.

Although “conservatism” ranks third, it remains proportionally far behind compared to Türkiye in general.

Similarly, the rate of young people who say they are “Islamist” is significantly behind the average in Turkey.


While 46 percent of the general population was not hopeful about the future, this rate decreased to 39 percent among young people.

Young women were more pessimistic about their future than young men. While also half of the young people in the lowest income bracket thought that they would not have better conditions in the future than they have today, this rate decreased to 1 in 3 in the highest income group.


Two-thirds of young people asserted that there is no freedom of expression in Turkey.


When asked “What should be prioritized the most?” the responses included a strong economy, ensuring justice, world-class education, healthcare, meritocracy ranked high.


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and www.paraanaliz.com and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.