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Craig Webster

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It has been postulated that increased contacts between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots should result in increased optimism regarding the ability of the two communities to interact. This work uses a multivariate model to test whether this, indeed, has been the case. The findings suggest that contacts between the two major communities on the island have fostered increasingly optimistic views of interacting with Turkish Cypriots. Interestingly, there is little evidence that demographic characteristics of respondent are useful in predicting a person's optimism regarding interacting with Turkish Cypriots. The data for the analysis is taken from a May 2004 survey of 1,000 Greek Cypriots.

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