AKP sees 32.8 percent support as alliances go head-to-head in polls - survey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would receive 32.8 percent support if the country held elections this Sunday, according to a survey conducted by the Ankara-based pollster MetroPoll.

The ruling AKP was followed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), with 23.4 percent support, the survey published on Friday by the pollster found. According to the latest figures, the gap between the AKP and main opposition remains at around 10 percentage points based on the distribution of undecided voters.

Turkey is counting down to the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for June of 2023 against the backdrop of an ailing economy. The country is grappling with runaway inflation which in July measured at a 24-year-high of 80 percent as the lira continues to lose value against the U.S. dollar, threatening support for Erdoğan’s ruling AKP.

The latest monthly “Turkey’s Pulse” survey, held between August 13-17 across 23 of the country’s 81 provinces with 1,717 people, saw a decrease in the number of undecided voters by approximately 5 percentage points to 6.6 percent.

Turkey’s ruling alliance comprised of the AKP and the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is head to head with the CHP-led opposition alliance of six parties, with both groups receiving 41 percent support, according to the survey.

The centre right Good Party (IYIP) received 11.9 percent support, the Metropoll survey found, followed by the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) with 11.5 percent and far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with 6.1 percent of the votes.

Metropoll’s Turkey Pulse survey for July showed AKP receiving 33.8 percent and CHP at 25 percent after to the distribution of undecided voters.

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