Babacan’s new Turkish political party has 5 percent public support: survey

A new Turkish political party established by Ali Babacan, a former political ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has the support of 5.3 percent of the electorate, according to a recent opinion poll.

Another political group set up by ex-Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, would win 3.7 percent of the vote if an election were held today, the survey by Sosyo Politik Saha Araştırmaları Merkezi said, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported. It interviewed 1,248 people by telephone between June 8 and June 14.

Babacan and Davutoğlu formed the political parties over the past 12 months to rival Erdoğan’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), which they say has lost its democratic credentials after the introduction of an executive presidential system in 2018.

The AKP would win 31 percent of the vote,  according to the survey. That share was calculated by excluding so-called undecided voters. The AKP won 43 percent of the vote at general elections in 2018. The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has the support of 21.2 percent of voters, the poll showed.

The AKP is losing support to Babacan’s Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) and Davutoğlu’s Future Party (FP), while the CHP has lost some votes to the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the survey showed.