Jan 20 2018

New poll shows Good Party overtake main opposition CHP

A new poll carried out by Gezici Research has seen a new nationalist party overtaking Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) for the first time and making a serious challenge for the presidency, company owner Murat Gezici was quoted by nationalist Yeniçağ as saying.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) vote was down to 42 percent, Gezici said, while the Good Party and CHP were on 20.2 percent and 20.1 percent respectively.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) would both drop below the parliamentary electoral threshold with 7.3 percent and 8.7 percent of the vote, he said.

More worryingly for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the poll showed his presidential race lead drop to only 2.5 percentage points should he face Good Party leader Meral Akşener in the second round of the race – with 12 percent of respondents saying they were undecided between the two politicians.

However, another recent poll saw the Good Party not even beating the 10 percent parliamentary threshold.