Poll finds many voters not content with election results

FATIH ŞEMSETTIN IŞIK @semssami
ISTANBUL
Published 29.06.2015 19:39
Updated 29.06.2015 19:40

A survey has found that 67.4 percent of voters who went to the polls on June 7 are not content with the election results in which no party received enough votes to form a single-party government.

According to a survey conducted by ANDY-AR through telephone interviews in 31 cities with 1,566 people between June 25 and June 28, 67.4 percent of participants said they are not content with the results that emerged after the elections.

Those most discontent were Justice and Development Party (AK Party) voters at 81.9 percent followed by Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) voters at 65.5 percent and Republican People's Party (CHP) voters at 63.2 percent.

The survey also found that according to participants, in the event of early elections, the AK Party and CHP would increase their votes while those cast for the MHP and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) might melt away. In the survey, 42.8 percent of participants said they would vote for the AK Party in early elections, which could result in 272 to 277 deputies enough to form a single-party government by hair.

When asked about the party that the participants would vote for in early elections, 97.6 percent of participating AK Party voters indicated that they would vote for AK Party again As and 75 percent of MHP voters would again vote for the MHP. Again, 20.3 percent of MHP voters in the survey said they would vote for the AK Party. Of HDP voters in the survey 13.5 percent said they would vote for the CHP in early elections.

When it comes to ongoing debates concerning the possibilities of a coalition, 55 percent of AK Party voters in the survey support a coalition government with MHP and 10.9 percent is support a coalition with the CHP. Meanwhile, 53.6 percent of MHP voters in the survey support a coalition government with AK Party. Furthermore, among the coalition possibilities, the survey found an AK Party-MHP government is the most popular in the eyes of all participants with 31.7 percent support and an AK Party-CHP coalition with 17.8 percent.

In another survey conducted by MAK consultancy in 20 provinces, 30 metropolitan municipalities and 194 districts with 5,500 people between June 11 and June 14, 44 percent of those interviewed said that they would vote for the AK Party in early elections. The CHP remained at 25 percent, MHP at 16 percent and 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.

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 further found that a majority of 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 said that a coalition government can be more successful than a single-party government.

A survey conducted the Ipsos Research Center following the announcement of the election results showed some HDP voting behavior. According to those who participated in the survey, 22 percent of those who voted for the HDP in the elections, when asked whether their votes were custodial answered affirmatively. In the same study, 5 percent of those who voted for the HDP said that they decided which party they would vote for just before the polls and again, 8 percent of HDP voters indicated that in the event of snap elections, they would vote for a different party.

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