Public support for Erdoğan and the AKP decreasing, new survey reveals

A recent survey by the MetroPOLL Strategic and Social Research Center on the current political conditions in Turkey has revealed that the support for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is eroding in the public.

When asked whether they approve Erdoğan’s performance as a president, 54.2 of the survey participants responded as “No,” while 38.5 of the respondents said that they approve Erdoğan’s performance. The percentage of those indecisive participants was 7.4 percent.

The survey also reveals that the support for the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is also decreasing, falling short of majority.
Accordingly, support for Turkey’s ruling AK Party has risen to 41.4 percent from 40.9 percent in June’s election but it is not set to win enough votes to form a single-party government in another election on Nov. 1.

The June 7 vote saw the AK Party lose its majority for the first time since coming to power in 2002. After failing to secure a coalition deal, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has formed an interim cabinet ahead of the snap poll in November.

Results of the survey, revealed by Metropoll chairman Özer Sencar on the CNN Türk TV channel on Monday evening, showed the secular main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) was on 27.3 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at 15.3 percent and the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) at 13 percent.

In the June election, the CHP won 25 percent, the MHP 16.3 percent and the HDP 13.1 percent.

The survey was carried out on Sept. 2-5 with 2,540 participants.

About yavuzbaydar

Yavuz Baydar has been an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today's Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, he writes regular chronicles for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and opinion columns for the Arab Weekly, as well as analysis for Index on Censorship. Baydar blogs with the Huffington Post, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom, history, etc. His opinion articles appeared at the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, and Al Jazeera English online. Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his self-critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories. Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden between 1979-1991; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in early 1990's. Returning to Turkey in 1994, he worked as reporter and ediytor for various outlets in print, as well as hosting debate porogrammes in public and private TV channels. Baydar studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, had his journalism ediucatiob in the University of Stockholm. Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004. Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He won the Umbria Journalism Award in March 2014 and Caravella/Mare Nostrum Prize in 2015; both in Italy. Baydar completed an extensive research on self-censorship, corruption in media, and growing threats over journalism in Turkey as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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