İmamoğlu leads İstanbul repeat election by 5 percent, new poll suggests

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Ekrem İmamoğlu

A survey conducted two days before the re-run of an İstanbul mayoral election indicates that the opposition’s Ekrem İmamoğlu is ahead of his rival, the ruling party’s Binali Yıldırım, by 5 percent.

According to the survey, conducted by İstanbul Economy Research on 1,500 people in İstanbul between June 17 and 19, İmamoğlu will garner some 52 percent in Sunday’s vote, while Yıldırım is expected to get 47 percent.

It also suggests that 92 percent of Kurdish opposition party voters and 97 percent of İYİ (Good) Party supporters will back İmamoğlu’s bid on Sunday.

More than 10 percent of İstanbulites who voted for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in last year’s parliamentary elections said they would support the opposition’s candidate this time, the survey says.

Also, some 15 percent of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) supporters will vote for İmamoğlu.

Fifty-seven percent of participants said the Supreme Election Board (YSK) decision to cancel the results of the March 31 İstanbul mayoral election was not just.

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