CHP voters displeased with party chairman, survey finds
by Daily Sabah
ANKARAJan 22, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 22, 2016 12:00 am
Last weekend, as sole candidate, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was re-elected party chairman of the main opposition Republican Peoples' Party (CHP). While the chairman vowed to renew the party's administration to the delegates during his victory speech, the results of a recent survey have indicated that the majority of CHP voters are not happy with Kılıçdaroğlu's re-election.
According to a survey conducted by the Objective Research Company (ORC) after the CHP congress, 54 percent of CHP voters participating in the survey indicated they were not happy with the new members of the Party Council (PM) elected alongside Kılıçdaroğlu, and disbelief in the CHP's ability to become the leading party in the next election his chairmanship was indicated by 94 percent of the CHP-affiliates surveyed. Thirty-six percent of voters also indicated that they would not vote for the CHP if an election were held today.
Even more striking, the survey's results revealed that 83 percent of CHP voters would vote for a new political party, with 52 percent of them saying a new, leftist party should be created. With regards to the proposed new constitution, 75 percent of CHP voters acknowledged that "Turkey needs a new constitution."
In the last week, roughly 1,128 academics co-signed a petition accusing the Turkish state of murdering children and civilians in ongoing security operations in the country's southeast. Those same academics also called on the government to halt operations immediately and stop the forceful displacement of Kurds in the region.
Despite the position of the CHP administration – which supports the controversial petition – 86 percent of CHP voters who participated in the survey stated they did not support the petition. Meanwhile, 82 percent of the voters indicated that they are in favor of the ongoing operation against the Gülen Movement, which has infiltrated state institutions in an attempt to overthrow the elected government.