Support for Turkey’s ruling party down, centre-right opposition up - KONDA

Support for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) dropped 2.4 percent in September, lowering its expected vote to 36.7 percent, according to a study by leading pollster KONDA, daily BirGün reported on Thursday.

AKP’s junior coalition partner, the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), also lost 1.1 percent of its support, lowering its expected vote to 10.6 percent and bringing the total support for the Nation (“Millet”) alliance to 47.3 percent.

Meanwhile the Good Party (İYİP), which was established by former MHP members, had 14.8 percent support, the research showed.

Main opposition centre-left Republican People’s Party (CHP) has 21.6 percent support, while the left-wing pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) has 11.5 percent.

Turkey’s remaining parties, including the two AKP breakaways Future Party (GP) and Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), have a joined 4.8 percent of the vote, according to the KONDA study.

The growing bloc of undecided voters is currently around 36 percent, the study found. Core constituencies are shrinking for all parties - 23.2 percent said they would definitely vote for the AKP; 6.7 percent for MHP; 13.6 percent for CHP; 9.4 percent for İYİP; and 7.3 percent for HDP.

Other findings from the research showed 18 percent of survey-takers said they had no trouble making ends meet, while 22 percent said they had taken on debt in September. Some 60 percent said they had some trouble.