Poll results indicate AK Party majority in an early election

Published 17.06.2015 15:52
Updated 17.06.2015 22:00
Poll results indicate AK Party majority in an early election

A survey indicated that if Turkey heads to early elections in the event that the parties fail to form a government, the AK Party could receive roughly 3 percent more support, which would make it possible for the party to rule alone

While possible coalition scenarios and early election are being continuously discussed by political circles in Ankara, the latest poll results indicate that the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) may have enough votes to form a single-party government in the case of early elections.

According to the most comprehensive poll, which was conducted by MAK consultancy in 30 metropolitan municipalities, 20 provinces and 194 districts with 5,500 people between June 11 and June 14, after a mathematical distribution of undecided voters, 44 percent of those interviewed said that they would vote for the AK Party in early elections. The Republican People's Party (CHP) remained at 25 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party ( MHP) at 16 and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) at 11 percent. MAK consultancy also said that between 2 percent and 3 percent of HDP voters in the survey regret their decision and would not vote for the HDP in early elections.

Responding to the question of whether the participants would change their political party preference in the case of early elections, 74 percent of the participants said their preference would remain the same while 14 percent said that they could change their preference.

The poll results also found that voters wanted to teach a lesson to the AK Party in the June 7 general elections. Answering the question of whether they voted for a political party that is not representative of their political view, 55 percent of respondents said that they voted for a different party than their own to support it passing the election threshold while 35 percent said that they voted for a different party to teach a lesson to their own party.

The poll results further indicated that an overwhelming majority of the participants are in favor of single-party governments rather than coalitions. According to 60 percent of the participants, a single-party government would be more successful than a coalition while 25 percent believed that a coalition government can be more successful than a single-party government.

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