AK Party victor in coming local elections, poll shows
Dec 30, 2013 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Dec 30, 2013 12:00 am
A survey by a local polling company shows the ruling AK Party will secure another victory in the upcoming local elections.
By Ali Unal
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) will win 47.1 percent of the votes in the local elections in March, according to a survey published yesterday. Ankara-based AN-AR polling firm said the local elections on March 30, 2014 will see opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) trailing AK Party by securing 26.9 percent of the votes. The far-right Nationalist Movement Party and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) will enjoy 14.5 and 7.6 percent support respectively.
The survey was conducted between Dec 6 and 17, 5,257 participants across the country answered the relevant questionnaire. According to the study, AK Party will maintain a comfortable lead by securing 49.3 percent support, with the CHP getting 28.7 percent of the vote.
The survey also revealed that AK Party government enjoys an impressive 56.3 percent approval rate while 50.1 percent voiced support for the party's leading political initiative, the Kurdish Peace Process. The government's approval rate remains at 88.1 percent among its own voters, compared to 33.7 percent among MHP voters and 16.9 percent among CHP voters.
AN-AR survey results show that AK Party will secure yet another victory in the upcoming March 2014 local elections, which many believe will provide important clues about the presidential race later next year.