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AKP continues to lose voters, DEVA on the rise, new poll suggests

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A new survey has indicated that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been losing voters, while the newly founded Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) is on an upward trajectory, the Cumhuriyet news website reported on Wednesday.

According to the poll, conducted by İstanbul Economy Research on June 29-30 with 514 participants, the AKP is back on a declining trend after a brief surge during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results put the AKP’s vote at 36.7 percent, while its ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), stood at 9.5 percent, falling below by a narrow margin the threshold of 10 percent required to enter the parliament.

Meanwhile, former AKP co-founder Ali Babacan’s DEVA has seen its votes reach 2.4 percent, doubling over the company’s previous poll. DEVA was inaugurated in March, promising to cure the country’s economic troubles, with an emphasis on fundamental rights and freedoms.

The AKP was followed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) at 18.63 percent and the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) with 10.43 percent.

The Good (İYİ) Party, which mainly consists of former MHP members disgruntled with the alliance with the AKP, stood at 9.20 percent.

The Future Party (GP), another political movement that broke away from the AKP, founded by former premier Ahmet Davutoğlu, received 0.78 percent of the vote, according to the poll.

The survey’s results were produced without distributing undecided voters, who represented 10.70 percent, among the parties.

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