Turkish polling agency SONAR’s most recent poll puts the four main opposition parties combined 2.7 points ahead of the two parties of the governing coalition ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, independent news site Diken said.
Fidel Okan, a lawyer representing the polling agency, said the governing coalition of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) were combined polling 46.9 percent, while the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was on 23.8 percent, a nationalist-Islamist Good Party-Felicity Party alliance would be on 14.5 percent, and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party was on 11.3 percent.
Okan, who was given a 16-month prison sentence on Wednesday for saying on live television that the husband of Family Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya had been using a mobile application associated with the Gülen movement, said that participants in the poll had been asked separately about the Good Party and Felicity Party, but if their alliance is made official then this might increase their votes further.
The Gülen movement, a religious group following exile preacher Fethullah Gülen, stands accused of masterminding a 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey. One method by which members of the movement were identified was by their use of a mobile messaging application called ByLock, but it was later discovered that many of those in Turkey appearing to use the application were in fact using other applications that were directing them to the app’s servers without their knowledge.