AKP now paralyzed and struggling to keep Erdogan in power – Pollster

The head of Turkey’s leading pollster KONDA says ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of Turkey is losing its support and will have a hard time trying to recover from its current state of paralysis, Independent Turkish service reported.

Bekir Agirdir on Monday told Independent Turkish that Turkey’s proportion of undecided voters has reached 40 percent with most of them being former AKP supporters that have become disappointed with the party.

The pollster also indicated that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP government’s share of die-hard voters has recently dropped from 38 to 27 percent, adding that the decline still continues.

The evaluation of Agirdir came after the ruling AKP lost a number of major cities including the capital Ankara and business hub Istanbul in the March 31 local election making it one of its biggest electoral setbacks since coming to power in 2002.

He emphasized that Ali Babacan, Turkey’s ex-deputy prime minister in charge of the economy who last week resigned from AKP and voiced plans for a new political formation, might be a game-changer in Turkish politics.

Explaining that currently there is 51 percent to 49 percent support ratio between the ruling AKP and the opposition parties respectively, Agirdir argued that it would be altered by Babacan’s new party even if it receives only two percent of votes.

When asked whether it is possible for the governing party to turn the tide in its favor, Agirdir said: “It would not be easy because the mechanism that we know as the AKP is now paralyzed.”

“That mechanism has now turned into an instrument that merely struggles to keep its leader in power. Getting back to its original state would be very hard for it after this much deterioration,” he added.

The pollster was also asked to comment on the chance that whether the new rival party of Babacan, who is widely acclaimed for successfully steering Turkey’s economy in the early years of AKP rule, could win Turkish people’s favor.

“We’ll just have to wait and see what he has in store. He has a difficult task ahead of him,” Agirdir told Independent Turkish.

“We are currently faced with three Turkeys, the economically developed large cities that are now concerned about the law and freedoms, the central and Black Sea regions that are trying to develop and eastern and southeastern Turkey that are entirely underdeveloped.

“Sociologically, we have conservatives, secularists and Kurdish people. Turkey needs a program, a utopia that encompasses all of these,” he also highlighted.

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