Support for Erdoğan at 46 percent, opponent Akşener at 25 percent - poll
The latest survey by Turkey’s Gezici polling firm shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has 46 percent support among voters as compared to opposition centre-right Good (İYİ) Party candidate Meral Akşener who has between 25-27 percent support ahead of the June 24 presidential elections, independent new site T24 reported.
The latest numbers, announced by Gezici head Murat Gezici on Tuesday during a television program on Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, point to increasing support for opposition candidate Akşener as Turkey heads to the polls next month.
Akşener managed to gather the 100,000 signatures necessary to run in the presidential race - a requirement for parties without parliamentary representation - within 24 hours of Erdoğan’s announcement of snap elections on April 18.
Gezici predicted that Turkey’s leading Justice and Development Party (AKP) and ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which formed an alliance earlier this year, would lose its majority in the new parliament established after the upcoming snap elections.
When asked whether pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) would have a problem in overcoming the electoral threshold, which is set as 10 percent in Turkey, Gezici responded by saying the party, whose presidential candidate is jailed former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş, currently had 11 percent support.
Erdoğan is looking to retain office and take over sweeping new executive powers that are set to come into effect after June 24.
The Turkish president’s confirmed opponents in the presidential race thus far are main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Muharrem İnce, Akşener, and Felicity Party head Temel Karamollaoğlu and HDP candidate Demirtaş.