Survey: AK Party ranks first, HDP still under 10 pct
by Ayşe Şahin
ISTANBULMay 05, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Ayşe Şahin
May 05, 2015 12:00 am
In the run up to the forthcoming general elections in June, polling companies are disclosing the results of their surveys as they try to predict the outcome of the elections. According to a fresh one conducted by MAK consultancy, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) ranks first, receiving 45.1 percent of the votes, and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which is looking to pass the election threshold to enter Parliament, lags behind in the list, remaining below the threshold. However, the party has seen a slight increase compared to the previous survey conducted by the same company. MAK held a poll between April 18 and April 25 in 38 metropolitan cities and 17 provinces with the participation of 5,400 citizens. The question "If the elections were held today, which party would you vote for?" was posed to participants and the swing votes were distributed to the parties.
According to the results, the AK Party will receive 45.1 percent of the votes, the Republican People's Party (CHP) will receive 24.7 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) will receive 15.25 percent and the HDP remains under the threshold with 9.15 percent. Compared to the previous survey, the HDP's voting rate has seen a less than 1 percent increase.
Meanwhile, the Grand Unity Party (BBP) and the Felicity Party (Refah Party) alliance has seen a slight jump compared to the previous survey, nearly doubling its voting rate. According to the most recent poll, the BBP and Felicity Party will receive 4.15 percent of the votes, rising from 2 percent.
A vivid election campaign is underway in Turkey as the general elections draw near, with the leaders of political parties holding rallies across the country full of promises that aim to attract voters. Besides the pollsters, political analysts are delivering their opinions on whether the AK Party, even as the leading party, can receive enough votes to have 400 deputies in Parliament, a target that will pave the way for the party to change the Constitution and bring in a presidential system. The HDP, on the other hand, which entered the elections as a party, by taking a risk many believe, is in pursuit of the election threshold. The HDP, which is also carrying out the reconciliation process the government launched in a bid to solve the Kurdish question, as a mediator, is building its election campaign to garner more votes from particular target sections that are more likely to vote for them, making promises honing in on these specific sections. The HDP recently vowed to close the directorate of religious affairs to appeal to the Alevi community, which is not willing to be attached to the body. The HDP's party leader Selahattin Demirtaş also kicked off his election campaign in Berlin where he called on the Kurdish-Turkish electorate to help the party pass the threshold. The CHP on the other hand is leaning on economic issues to attract voters, however it is often criticized for making promises that are "populist" while their ability to realize the promises has been called into question.