Turks Examine Their Muslim Devotion After Poll Says Faith Could Be Waning

Source:NPR Date:12Feb2019

Erdogan has said he aims to create a “pious generation” that will “work for the construction of a new civilization.”

That, Cagaptay says, is generating a backlash among young people.

“And I think the polls are showing that because Erdogan replaced the power of authority with his own identity of this conservative, religion-loving politician, a lot of young Turks are reacting to it,” he says.

If these polls indicate a real trend, Cagaptay says, it could mean Erdogan’s push to create a more religious Turkey is backfiring.