Turkey’s biggest problem is the economy, Erdoğan best qualified to solve it - poll

Turkish voters see the economy rather than the coronavirus pandemic as the biggest problem they face, according to an opinion poll by research company Optimar.

Almost one-third of voters said the economy was the most critical issue facing Turkey, according to the unpublished survey of 2,027 people in 26 provinces of the country, columnist Abdulkadir Selvi said in the Hürriyet newspaper on Monday. The COVID-19 outbreak followed with 30.9 percent and unemployment with 13.7 percent.

While the country’s economic problems may have occurred under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s stewardship, 35.4 percent of those polled said his governing party was best qualified to solve them, Optimar said. The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) scored 18.2 percent and the Good Party (İP) 6.2 percent.

The country’s most popular politician is Erdoğan, who is backed by 29.3 percent of those polled, followed by Mansur Yavaş, the opposition mayor of Ankara with 13.4 percent, Optimar said. Istanbul mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu had the backing of 8.9 percent of voters and CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu scored 5.7 percent, less than Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtaş and İP leader Meral Akşener.