USA, Turks protest against recognition of Armenian genocide

94% of Turks do not believe that the USA is an ally of Turkey

More than 90% believe that Biden acted wrong in recognising the Armenian genocide. 60% support the closure of the US bases in Turkey.

A vast majority of Turks – up to 94% – do not consider the USA to be an ally of Turkey, according to a recent poll published in media in the Eurasian country and carried out as a result of Biden officially proclaiming that there was a genocide against the Armenians in 1915 perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire.

According to data from the poll carried out by Areda Survey among 1,895 Turkish citizens between April 29 and 30 – less than a week after Biden recognized the Armenian genocide – 94.5% of those consulted do not believe that the United States is a friend country of Turkey. Asked if they consider the United States as a partner or a strategic ally of Turkey, 93.3% answered “no”, compared to only 6.7% who answered affirmatively.

The survey, entitled precisely “The so-called Armenian genocide“, also shows that a large majority of the participants do not agree with the statement of US President Joe Biden saying that there was a genocide against Armenians in 1915: up to 90.9% of the Turks consulted believe that Biden acted wrong, while 90.2% affirm that the events that occurred in 1915 did not constitute genocide.

Furthermore, 91% of those surveyed believe that Biden’s decision to officially recognise the Armenian genocide was politically motivated to pressure Turkey, while only 9% of those surveyed believe that Biden made such a statement because he really believes that there was a genocide against Armenians in that time.

In addition to highlighting that more than 9 out of 10 Turks do not believe that the United States is an ally of Turkey, the poll indicates that the majority of participants consider that Turkey should respond to the United States: 58.8% would support the closure of the US bases in Turkey, while 35.1% consider that there should be a tough diplomatic response; only 6.1% of those consulted do not believe it necessary to take retaliatory measures.