Turkish President Erdoğan "not connecting with voters"

German state broadcaster DW spoke to pollsters and academics about the upcoming elections and found that Turkish voters have trust issues and that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan may have lost his common touch.

Academic Gülfem Saydan Sanver, for instance, said that main opposition candidate Muharrem İnce was benefitting from Erdoğan’s problems with messaging.

"He stands there alone, at meetings and giving speeches, and he can't get his message across,” she said. 

"Erdogan is still trying to play to the fears of right-wing conservative voters.”

Pollster Hakan Bayrakçı, who owns SONAR polling company, said that almost one voter in ten was now lying to polling companies out of fear, while Metropoll polling company owner Özer Sencar said that this was the worst campaign he could remember Erdoğan ever carrying out.

"For the first time in 16 years Erdogan is not successful." Sencar said.