Opinion poll shows support for President Erdoğan stands at 39.1 percent

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Turkey's President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) shakes hands with supporters as he leaves the polling station after casting his vote during snap twin Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul on June 24, 2018. Turks began voting in dual parliamentary and presidential polls seen as the President's toughest election test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk from growing economic troubles. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

A new survey showed public support for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would stand at 39.1 percent, while İstanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu could garner 28.6 percent of the vote if a presidential election were to take place next Sunday.

The survey, conducted by the ADA Research Company on 1,721 people in August, also indicated that Selahattin Demirtaş, a jailed Kurdish political leader, would receive 8 percent and the İYİ (Good) Party’s Meral Akşener 6.8 percent.

Due to an enormous victory against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate in the recent İstanbul mayoral election, the Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) İmamoğlu has become a star in Turkish politics.

The survey also questioned the perception of recent political issues in public opinion.

Although former AKP heavyweights Ali Babacan and Ahmet Davutoğlu are engaged in efforts to establish new political parties, only 32.2 percent of participants thought that Turkey needs a new party.

A total of 44.9 percent of Turks, meanwhile, believe economic deterioration is the country’s most urgent problem, whereas 17 percent say it is unemployment and 6 percent say Syrian refugees.

Roughly 61 percent of the public, according to the opinion poll, think the executive presidential system, which was adopted after a narrowly backed referendum in 2017, is not satisfactory.

Turkey’s purchase of a Russian S-400 air defense system is supported by 74.9 percent of those surveyed, and an overwhelming 94.5 percent consider the United States an enemy. Seventy-one percent says Russia is also an enemy.

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