Survey: Support for President Erdoğan surpasses 70 percent
by Daily Sabah
ANKARASep 06, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Sep 06, 2016 12:00 am
Since Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım convened with the Cabinet at Çankaya Palace in Ankara on Friday to mark the 100th day of Turkey's 65th government, MAK Consultancy has conducted a comprehensive public survey on the government's performance within the first 100 days where the most striking result revealed that 90 percent of the Turkish public indicated their mistrust against the U.S. The public poll which was conducted between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2 throughout Turkey among 2,700 people, also surveyed views on the government's combat against the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria. While the survey revealed decreased support for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) remained as the ruling party with more than 50 percent of support.
When asked if they would vote for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a possible presidential election, 71.15 percent of those surveyed indicated that they would vote in favor of the president while 22 percent indicated they would not. While the majority of AK Party supporters indicated they would vote for President Erdoğan in a possible election, another striking response came from the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) with 82 percent of MHP voters indicating they would vote for Erdoğan in a presidential election. Furthermore, 34 percent of Republican People's Party (CHP) supporters and 36 percent of HDP supporters indicated that they would vote for Erdoğan, which analysts stated is the result of the unifying spirit established after the July 15 failed coup attempt and that Erdoğan is the insurance of the country. Additionally, when the participants were asked which party they would vote for if an election were held tomorrow, nearly 54 percent (53.44 percent) indicated the AK Party while the CHP received 22.25 percent. With the MHP gaining increased support since July 15 at 14.7 percent, the number of votes for the pro-PKK HDP dropped below the electoral threshold to 7.5 percent.
In regards to the performance of Turkey's 65th government over the first 100 days, 62 percent indicated that the government has been successful with only 33 percent saying it has been unsuccessful. When asked about the government's combat against Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) terrorists, 72 percent of respondents stated that the purge has been successful with the majority of participants stressing that the next steps should be to eliminate the political wing of FETÖ. Regarding Turkey's military operation against the DAESH terrorist organization in the north Syrian city of Jarablus, 78 percent of survey participants stated they support Operation Euphrates Shield. Finally, 90 percent of survey participants stated that they do not trust the U.S. as Turkey's strategic partner.