Armenian Poll Shows Weak Popular Support For Turkey Ties

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“Only one in three Armenians supports Armenia’s fence-mending agreements with Turkey and the possible opening of the border between the two estranged nations, according to an opinion poll released on Monday,” RFE/RL reports.

“The survey conducted by the Armenian Marketing Association (AMA) found that nearly 31 percent of respondents supported, to varying degrees, the increased diplomatic, civil-society and other contacts between Armenia and Turkey. Almost the same percentage of those polled fully or largely opposed such contacts, with the remaining 40 percent either undecided or having no definite opinion.

Accordingly, only 36.3 percent of respondents said the normalization protocols signed by Ankara and Yerevan last October are good for Armenia. Most of the others were either undecided or said the protocols favor only the Turkish side.

Interestingly, according to the AMA survey, the issues of Armenia-Turkey relations or Karabakh regulation are far from being the top priority for Armenians. Most are more concerned with social issues. With 40% price hikes for natural gas starting from 1st April and expected rise of inflation, Armenians will certainly become more indifferent to foreign policy, leaving the government without much needed popular support for taking the bold steps necessary to push through Armenia-Turkey reconciliation or Karabakh resolution.

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