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Turks conservative but relaxed about it, a poll shows

Turks conservative but relaxed about it, a poll shows
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Ninety-four percent of Turks identify themselves as religious, very few are practicing this month's holy fast or regularly pray five times a day, a recent poll showed.

Experts point to the enduring popularity of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) motivating people to adopt a religious mantle without necessarily the belief system to go along with it, the Turkish Daily News (TDN) reported on Saturday.

 

The recent Global Attitudes survey published Wednesday by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center revealed that although 94 percent of Turkish participants defined themselves as religious, only 20 percent were fasting for all of Ramadan, while only 34 percent performed prayer five times a day.

 

Moreover, fasting and praying were the least common in Turkey as compared to seven other Muslim countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania.

 

On the other hand, most Turks said a struggle was occurring in the country as the tensions rose between the AKP government and its opponents. Sixty-eight percent said a clash between moderates and fundamentalists was taking place in Turkey.

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