Two public opinion surveys, conducted in October by Konda and Pollmark, which were recently presented to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by his advisors, show that the AK Party has maintained its over 50 percent of voter support.
A survey conducted by Konda Research from October 5 to 6, by polling 2,512 shows that public support for the AK Party is at 51.4, while a survey conducted by Pollmark Research on 3,102 participants between the dates of October 22 to 29 has voter support at 50.4 percent. According to the survey conducted by Konda, voter support for the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is at 22.9 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is at 14.2 percent while support for the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) is at 7.3 percent. According to the Pollmark poll, CHP's voter support is at 24.8 percent, MHP follows with 12.7 percent, with BDP takes up the rear by 7.9 percent.
According to the Pollmark survey, 54.7 percent of participants approve of the government's performance. While support for the democracy package was at 58.3 percent in April and rose up to 59.5 percent in July, support for the package dropped in October to 57.3 percent. While 31.7 percent were not supportive of the process, 11 percent remain undecided.
Out of those polled on the electoral threshold, 38.7 percent expressed a preference for the continuation fo the ten percent threshold, 12.4 percent were in favor of a five percent threshold and a transition to a single member system, while 15.8 percent were in favor of the lifting of an electoral threshold and requested a full transition to a single member system and 33.1 percent of those polled remained undecided.
Out of those polled, 53 percent responded affirmatively to the statement, "The AK Party has strengthened individual liberties and every segment now lives more freely than in the past," 50.7 percent also concurred with the statement, "Through solving the Kurdish issue, the AK Party is trying to secure domestic peace in Turkey." Fifty-two percent of those polled agreed with the statement, "Tayyip Erdoğan is a great leader who is working to ensure Turkey's growth, stability and societal peace."
Out of those polled, 48.8 percent expressed positive sentiments towards propaganda being staged in various languages and dialects, while 52.4 percent also approved of education being offered in various languages and dialects. Fifty-three percent of participants expressed support for the return of previous names in certain locations. The highest level of support on any single question was garnered on the liberalizing the wearing of headscarves in public service positions at 71.9 percent.
This is a translation of an article originally written by Eda Işık.
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