Nov 14 2018

Erdoğan approval rating at its lowest in years - MetroPoll

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's approval rating has dipped below 40 percent for the first time in three and a half years, Diken reported on Tuesday.

Some 39.8 percent of Turks approve the president's performance, while 46.2 percent disapprove, according to an October survey by MetroPoll, a leading Turkish polling firm. The poll found the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would receive an estimated 41 percent of the vote in a general election, with the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) garnering 25 percent. 

Those were the exact results of Turkey's June 2015 vote, in which the AKP received 41 percent and lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since the party came to power in 2002. Not coincidentally, that's the last time Erdoğan's approval rating fell below 40 percent. A September tweet from MetroPoll tracked Erdoğan's polling numbers over the past four years, with the lowest in June 2015, in a survey taken shortly after the general election.

Weeks later, conflict resumed between Ankara and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in southeast Turkey, and the president's approval rating remained below 40 percent throughout that summer.