Popular resentment against the Turkish president is strong, despite his desperate efforts to increase his popularity at the level of communication, according to a new poll.
According to a poll by the Eurasia Public Opinion Research Center published on Saturday in the Cumhuriyet newspaper, 48.6% of citizens do not intend to vote for Erdogan again if he seeks re-election in the presidential elections to be celebrated in 2023 on the centennial anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.
The percentage who will vote for Erdogan again is only 38.9% and is even slightly worse than the one he received in the previous poll (just over 39%).
Particularly striking is the fact that, according to Ahval, 99.7% of the population – indeed virtually all of them – say that their vote will not be affected by the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
When asked about Erdogan’s overall performance as president, 40.2% described it as a failure, while 28.9% described it as successful. 30.9% of the respondents described it as neither successful nor unsuccessful.
Nevertheless, Erdogan’s party, the AKP, remains first in the intention to vote, and in fact by a large margin compared to the Kemalists. The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has 35% of the vote, while the Kemalists have just reached 28.4%.