Undecided voters at record low in Turkey – pollster

Some 7.8 percent of participants in a recent study said they were undecided on who they would vote for if there were elections this week. The rate is a historic low for Turkey, leading pollster MetroPoll’s chief Özer Sencar said in a tweet on Friday.

Meanwhile, another 6.4 percent said they would cast a protest vote.

According to the June version of the Turkey’s Pulse study, elections could drastically change the current balance of seats in parliament.

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would win 27.6 percent of the vote, MetroPoll found, while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) stands to win 19.8 percent.

Currently the second largest opposition bloc, left-wing pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) would still clear Turkey’s unusually high electoral threshold but lose some of its previous vote, winning 10.5 percent.

Centre-right opposition Good Party (İP) would win 14 percent of the vote, while AKP-allied Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), former members of which founded the İP, would fall below the threshold, winning 4.5 percent.

The study shows natalist far-right Victory Party (ZP) to be on the rise, with 1.8 percent of the vote won.

Felicity Party (SP), which continues in the same conservative-Islamist tradition as early AKP, would win 1.5 percent of the vote, and AKP breakaways founded by former ministers DEVA and Future Party (GP) would win 1.4 and 0.7 percent respectively.

Turkey will hold presidential and parliamentary elections in June 2023 the latest. Despite rumours of snap elections in November, government officials have repeatedly said the elections would be held as scheduled.

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