Erdogan’s approval rating falls dramatically

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s approval rating has fallen by almost 10 percent in the past year, according to the Ankara-based pollster MetroPOLL.

The T24 news portal reported on Tuesday that according to the poll, titled “Turkey’s Pulse August 2019,” those who approve of Erdogan as Turkey’s president dropped from 53.1 percent last year to 44 percent.

According to the poll, the results of which were published by the company on Tuesday, the number of those who say they do not approve of Erdogan saw an increase of more than 10 percent, from last year’s 38.2 percent to 48.5 percent in August 2019.

The opinion poll indicated that another 27.7 percent of people said they were undecided on the Turkish president.

The survey also reflected on the fallout of the March 31 local government elections, where Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) experienced its greatest setback since coming to power in 2002.

In March local government elections, candidates of the ruling AKP lost the mayoral race in Turkey’s five largest cities, including the capital Ankara and business center Istanbul, to the main opposition secular Republican People’s Party (CHP).

While 90.4 percent of the AKP supporters stated that they approve of Erdogan, the study found out that only 36.3 percent of the supporters of the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), the main ally of the government, expressed their approval of him.

Supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and CHP were among those who gave the lowest level of support for the Turkish president, the poll further said.

Financial experts and analysts argue that Turkey’s economic crisis in 2018, which sent the lira on a downward spiral against the U.S. dollar, has paved the way for the drop in popular support for Erdogan.

Since last August, the Turkish lira has lost nearly 50 percent of its value.

The positive quarter-on-quarter growth in the first three months of 2019, which came after a recession in the second half of last year, may only be temporary in nature due to Turkish government’s failure to address structural economic problems, economists warn.

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