Turks and the headscarf
Headscarf wearing has decreased since 1999. In 1999 27.3 were not wearing a headscarf, in 2006, 36.5 are uncovered.
However, a widespread perception is that the use of the headscarf has increased. In 2006 25 percent said that there was a significant increase of women who covered. 39 percent said there was a small increase. 21.8 percent said there was no increase.
This perception was particularly strong among those who defined themselves as left-wing or secular.