A recent poll of mainland Turks by Kadir Has University, Istanbul has shown that the number of Turks who would prefer to see the formation of two independent states in Cyprus has increased since last year. Meanwhile, the number of those who think North Cyprus should be annexed to Turkey has dropped.
Around 40% of the respondents said the Cyprus problem should be solved based on the creation of two independent states. This marks a sharp increase compared to last year’s 27.7%.
Nearly 37% of the respondents of the poll opted for the creation of a bi-zonal bi-communal federal Cyprus state, as opposed to 41.5% last year, which could reflect frustration over the latest failed attempts to find a federal solution to the divided island.
The number of those people who believed that North Cyprus should be annexed to Turkey fell from 36% in 2017 to 24.4% this year.
And 42% said Turkey should recognise North Cyprus when the problem is solved, a drop from 63% last year. The number of those who said Turkey should unconditionally recognise Turkish Cyprus remained at around 12%, reflecting a continuing pattern in the same poll, which has been conducted for the last five years.