Turkey’s ruling allies lost support, Konda poll says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its junior far-right ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), maintains less than 50 percent of voters’ support, according to a December 2020 poll published by one of Turkey’s leading pollster Konda.

The ruling AKP has the support of 39.8 percent of voters, while its coalition ally MHP is backed by 9.8 percent, Birgün newspaper said on Friday, reporting on the poll.

AKP won 42.6 percent of the votes in the 2018 general elections, while MHP got 11.1 percent support from the voters.

With a 9.8 percent, MHP falls behind Turkey’s 10 percent electoral threshold, Birgün noted.

According to Konda’s poll, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is backed by 22.2 percent of the voters, while pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) maintains a support of 10.7 percent, which makes HDP, third biggest.

The Good (İyi) Party which was a part of the opposition Nation Alliance with CHP, against AKP-MHP’s People Alliance, is backed by 10.5 percent, said Konda poll, Birgün reported.

AKP breakaway parties Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) led by former Finance Minister Ali Babacan and Future Party, led by former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, get 6.9 percent support from the voters, along with the Islamist Felicity Party (SP) and the nationalist Great Unity Party (BBP), Birgün said.