More than half of Turkey’s young voters will ‘never vote for Erdoğan’

Some 57.5 percent of Turkey’s first-time voters say they will never vote for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan if he runs in the 2023 elections, a study by Yöneylem Research found.

Only 19.3 percent of the young voters between the ages of 18 and 22 said they could vote for the incumbent president, daily Cumhuriyet cited the Yöneylem study as having found.

When asked their preference between Erdoğan and an unnamed “opposition candidate”, 51.9 percent said they would vote for the challenger.

The country’s youth also shows a preference towards the opposition, the study found, with 36.9 saying they will vote for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), while Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remained at a record low of 21.2 percent.

The youth also expects the balance in parliament to change, with 43.2 saying they foresee the opposition alliance winning, while faith in a ruling alliance win remained at 33.4 percent.

Voting behaviour in this demographic is determined by the economy by 42.5 percent, and “worldview” by 27.5 percent.

More than 54 percent also prefer Turkey’s former parliamentary system, compared with 24.8 percent’s choice of the current executive presidential system that was ushered in via referendum in 2017.

Turkey is expected to hold elections in June next year, after more than two decades of AKP rule under Erdoğan’s leadership. The country’s ailing economy, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government’s migrant policies and issues in foreign policy have resulted in a significant decline in support for both AKP and Erdoğan himself.

Erdoğan’s approval rating stood at 42 percent in May, while 60 percent expressed disbelief that the president could solve Turkey’s economic issues.

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