Akşener’s Good Party can draw right-wing voters from Erdoğan, a new poll suggests

A survey by the Gezici polling firm predicts that the new centre-right Good Party could receive 20 percent of the vote by attracted disgruntled right-wing voters, Thomas Seibert of The Arab Weekly reports.

Led by former Interior Minister Meral Akşener, the Good Party can swing about 12 percent of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) voters and 22 percent of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) supporters, the poll found.

MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has already called for the lowering of the 10 percent national threshold, which has been seen as an implicit admission of his party’s waning electoral support.

The increasingly repressive political atmosphere, problems in foreign relations, corruption at all levels of bureaucracy, and a badly managed economy indicated by rising inflation and unemployment were listed by Seibert as possible reasons for voters becoming alienated from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s party.

“One in three AKP voters think Turkey needs a new party,” Murat Gezici, the head of the polling firm, was quoted as saying.

Erdoğan’s party is still expected to be the largest party, but under the new system, approved by a narrow win in the April referendum, a candidate needs to clear 50 percent of the vote; anything less would bring the presidential election into a second round where the opposition could unite against Erdoğan.


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