Istanbul mayor follows Erdoğan in most popular politician ranking – poll

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the most popular politician in Turkey, ensuring the approval of 50.2 percent of the voters, followed by Istanbul’s mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu with an approval rating of 48.6 percent, according to a December 2019 survey by leading pollster MetroPoll.

Some 44.4 percent of voters disapprove of Erdoğan, while İmamoğlu’s disapproval rating is 44.7 percent, MetroPoll’s latest Turkey’s Pulse survey shows.

The opposition politician from the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP) emerged as a possible rival to run against Erdoğan in 2023 presidential elections, after he won the local polls in Turkey’s financial powerhouse last year, ending the 25-year rule of Erdoğan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its predecessors.

Mansur Yavaş, who won the local polls in the Turkish capital of Ankara as the opposition parties’ candidate, is the third most popular politician with an approval rating of 38.8 percent.

Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkey’s former prime minister, who resigned from the AKP last year and established the Future Party last month, has an approval rating of 21 percent.

The country’s former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, who also left the AKP to head a new liberal party, is approved by 19.1 percent of the voters. Former president Abdullah Gül, who reportedly support’s Babacan’s initiative, has an approval rating of 24.5 percent. 

Metropoll survey results

The Metropoll’s survey indicates that only three political parties would pass the 10 percent electoral threshold, if there were parliamentary elections on Sunday.

The AKP would receive 41 percent of the votes, while the CHP would get 24.8 percent. The mainly-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) would be the third party to enter the Turkish parliament receiving 11 percent of the votes.

The Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the ally of the ruling party, has a 9.8 percent support among voters, according to the survey. The support for the nationalist Good Party, which forged an alliance with the CHP in last parliamentary elections in 2018, is at 8.3 percent.

Davutoğlu’s Future Party would get 2 percent of the votes, while the support for Barbacan’s prospective party is at 1.7 percent.