İmamoğlu Turkey’s most successful metropolitan mayor - survey

The opposition mayor of Istanbul, Ekrem İmamoğlu, was chosen as the most successful mayor of Turkey’s metropolitan cities, according to a survey conducted by pollster SONAR.

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) mayor received 56.4 percent of votes from Istanbul residents in the survey conducted over 20 Turkish metropolises between Nov. 1 and Dec. 27, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Saturday.

İmamoğlu, a former district mayor of Istanbul, rose to international fame following the 2019 local elections in Turkey’s largest city.

The 50-year-old’s victory ended the 25 year-rule of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its Islamist predecessors after taking office in June 2019, following a controversial revote in Turkey’s financial centre home to some 16 million people.

The AKP mayor of Turkey’s eastern Erzurum province, Mehmet Sekmen, placed second in the poll with 56.1 percent, followed by the western Izmir’s CHP mayor, Tunç Soyer, who received 55.6 percent support from residents of the city.

The AKP mayor of the northwestern city of Kocaeli, Tahir Büyükakın, came in fourth place with 54.7 percent of residents finding him successful, and was followed by CHP’s central Eskişehir mayor Yılmaz Büyükerşen, with 53.8 percent support.

The CHP mayor of Ankara, Mansur Yavaş, placed in sixth place, with an approval rating of 52.5 percent, the survey found.