Support for Turkey’s Syria incursion at 90 percent - poll

Ninety percent of Turks support the Turkish military operation against the Kurdish-controlled Afrin region of Syria, Turkish polling company A&G research found, according to Voice of America (VOA).

But that support has not translated into the 50 percent plus one vote needed for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to win a presidential election next year and officially take on full executive powers, another poll conducted by Turkish polling and research company Metropoll said.

Turkey faces three elections by 2019; local, general and presidential. While Erdoğan is comfortably ahead of rivals, his approval rating is still at 45 percent, Metropoll said.

“People are supporting, yes. But are the people happy? I would doubt this,” VOA quoted Hüseyin Bağcı, an international relations professor as saying. “Every day, there are coffins, with politicians running from one funeral to another. It will not be easy in the long run for them.”

The overwhelming support for Turkish military's Afrin operation partially stems from the Turkish media's unwavering approval of the incursion.

“History teaches us the more the conflict lasts and the dead come every day, the government will have difficulties,” Bağcı said. “This is already happening. Let’s talk about what the surveys (say) in two or three weeks.”

But some think the operation will benefit Erdoğan. “There is a national pride among Turks for this operation,” said Cengiz Aktar, a Turkish political scientist and Ahval contributor, “We can safely say today, he will win all the upcoming elections this year and next year.”