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Erdoğan’s job approval surges to 55.8 pct amid coronavirus outbreak

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s job approval rating saw a drastic jump in March from 41.1 percent to 55.8 percent as Turkey battles the novel coronavirus, according to the MetroPOLL polling company.

His approval has been in steady decline since October, after a military offensive into the northwestern Syria temporarily boosted support for the Turkish president.

Approval of the president increased mainly among supporters of the right-wing and conservative opposition parties, such as nationalist İYİ (Good) Party and the Islamist Felicity Party (SP), the survey indicated.

In addition some 25 percent of Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) supporters said they approved of Erdoğan’s performance during the month.

The first case of coronavirus was confirmed on March 11 by the Turkish government, and since then the number of cases had reached 38,226 as of Wednesday.

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