Apr 15 2018

Erdoğan finds 44 percent support in latest survey - Gazete Duvar

Turkish President and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has the support of 44 percent of voters, well below his target of 51 percent, according to the latest survey commissioned by the AKP.

The survey, whose results were shared by left-wing news site Gazete Duvar, saw that Turkey’s military operation into Afrin, Syria increased support for the AKP and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) alliance by one percent.

Thirty-two percent of voters would be willing to vote for an alliance between the newly-formed nationalist İYİ (Good) Party and the conservative Saadet (Felicity) Party, the survey found.

Meanwhile, İYİ Party leader Meral Akşener, a former MHP deputy, saw 26 percent support from those surveyed, while the leader of Turkey’s main opposition, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) saw a mere 20.2 percent support.

After a tight race in last year’s presidential system referendum and with opinion polls showing support at around 40 percent, Erdoğan’s AKP formed an alliance with the far-right Nationalist MHP earlier this year.

The results of this latest survey are far under Erdogan’s oft-repeated target of 51 percent.