Only 39% of Turks have a favorable view of Turkish Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan and over half (51%) of the Turkish people hold a negative view of the president, the results of a recent poll show.
The results of the poll, which was conducted by Pew Research Center from April to May and released on October 15, show that Erdogan’s popularity is falling.
This comes as, last year, 51% of Turks had a positive view of Erdogan; and in 2013, he had the support of 62% of the people.
The findings of the survey indicate that Erdogan’s supporters were mainly Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) followers (87% favorable), Turks aged 50 and older (54%), lower-educated Turks (53%) and Muslim Turks who pray 5 times per day or more (71%).
This comes as a survey, conducted by pollster Gezici between October 3 and 4, indicated that the AKP is unlikely to win enough votes needed to form a single-party government in the country’s upcoming snap elections. The survey of 4,864 people, the results of which were released on October 15, showed that public support for the AKP, founded by Erdogan, currently stands at 40.8 percent.
The figure shows little change compared to the 40.9 support percent the party received in the elections on June 7, when it failed to form a government after 13 years of unrivaled ruling. Two months later, November 1 was set as the date for the snap votes in the wake of a failure in coalition talks between the AKP and main opposition factions.
Strong leader or strong democracy
The latest Pew poll also studied Turkish people’s preference between a strong leader or a strong democracy.
The results revealed that as much as 56 % of the participants in the study favored a democratic form of government and 36 % percent of them believed that Turkey should have a strong leader.
Iraqi, Syrian refugees
The poll also surveyed Turkish people’s view on the inflow of Iraqi and Syrian refugees into Turkey.
It was discovered that a vast majority of Turks (80 %) opposed the entry of refugees from the neighboring countries into Turkey and only 8 % of the participants in the poll favored the inflow of the refugees.
The violence caused by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, which is backed by certain western and regional countries, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, has forced millions of people in the two crisis-hit countries to leave their homeland.