Survey: HDP’s votes dwindle after protest calls

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 04.11.2014 00:35
Survey: HDP’s votes dwindle after protest calls

A study conducted by MAK Consultancy, which surveyed 10,800 people in 30 cities, has revealed that the reputation of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) was hurt by the Oct. 6-7 Kobani protests.

The survey indicated that support for the HDP has dwindled as a result of their call for street protests on Oct. 6-7. In the presidential election on Aug. 10, the percentage of the vote for the HDP was 9.76, but the survey now reports that support appears to have dropped to 5.3 percent.

When asked who was responsible for the Kobani protests, which morphed into violent clashes between pro and anti-PKK groups, 24 percent of the surveyed people said that the HDP was accountable for the violent clashes while 23 percent claimed that the outlawed PKK was behind the protests. Another 22 percent accused the main opposition, the Republican People's Party (CHP), of being responsible for the clashes.

A total of 32 percent of those surveyed said that the top priority for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is to fight against terrorist activities in Turkey and 56 percent of those surveyed believe that the violent clashes that were triggered by the Kobani protests were conducted in order to undermine Turkey's stability.

Violent demonstrations in support of Kobani erupted across Turkey, especially in southeastern and eastern cities and claimed dozens of lives, where pro-PKK demonstrators accused the government of not helping the people of Kobani in the fight between Kurdish forces and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants.

When asked whether Turkey needs a new political party, 42 percent of surveyed people said "yes" while 38 percent believe that there is no need for a new political party and 20 percent were undecided. The 42 percent who believed that a new political party should be formed indicated they think the current opposition leaders and cadres are incapable of bringing about change.

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