Fieldwork Report 2019
The elites from the 11 countries represented in the sample seem to be divided in their support for Turkey’s membership in the European Union. While 50.8% express support, four out of ten respondents believe that Turkey should not be a member of the European Union, with one undecided on the topic. Although sample size differs from state to state, elites from Austria and Italy seem to favor Turkey’s membership the least, while in Germany, Belgium and France, over six out of ten respondents indicate opinions in favor of Turkey’s accession to the EU. Political tensions between Ankara and Vienna are considered to have been influential in the case of Austria, while it may be important to note that the European states with the highest concentration of Turkish immigrant communities seem to express the highest degree of support for Turkey’s membership to the EU. Amongst the pool of participants, those from Cyprus seem to be the most negatively opinionated with respect to Turkey’s accession to EU membership, with 100.0% expressing opposition.