Erdoğan disapprovers outnumber fans for first time since coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s popularity took a hit in May as more Turks disapproved of his performance than approved, according to a survey by Ankara-based polling company Metropoll.

Voters who approved of Erdoğan’s performance as president shrank 3.4 percentage points to 46.3 percent, while the proportion who disapproved grew to 47.8 percent, an increase of 3.7 percentage points, Metropoll said in a posting on Twitter.

Erdoğan, seeking re-election in snap polls on June 24, and his ruling party have been stimulating the economy while grappling with double-digit inflation and a slump in the lira against the dollar. The lira hit a record low of 3.92 per dollar in May, forcing the central bank to raise interest rates in an emergency meeting.

The last time more Turks disapproved of Erdoğan’s work as president than approved was in June 2016, just prior to a failed military coup. His popularity surged in the weeks after the coup, reaching 67.6 percent, but has hovered around or just below 50 percent since, Metropoll data showed.