Estimating Population Characteristics
Turkey and the margin of error
The European Union, after a very heated debate, agreed in early October 2005 to open membership talks to admit Turkey, a Muslim country of 70 million people. This agreement came only after a tense night-and-day discussion with Austria, one of the 25-member states, who strongly opposed Turkey’s membership. Austria has not forgotten fighting back the invading Ottoman armies in the 16th and 17th centuries. Reservations to Turkey’s membership is also very strong in other countries as shown in Figure 7.1 where an estimated 70% or more of the population in each of Austria, Cyprus, Germany, France, and Greece are opposed to membership. This estimated information is based on a survey ...