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Poll shows Turks don’t want snap election, but think they will have one within a year

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Turkish citizens mostly oppose the idea of having a snap election, but an overwhelming majority thinks that there will nevertheless be one within a year, according to an opinion poll conducted by the Eurasia Public Research Center (AKAM), the Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Sunday.

Only 33.5 percent expressed a favorable opinion for a snap election, while 56.4 percent were opposed. However, 72.3 percent said they expect to have one within a year, and only 15.6 percent said they do not.

In the event of a snap election, 44.9 percent said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would win, while 45.7 percent said he would lose and 9.4 said his success would depend on the other candidates.

The participants were also asked about their views on the presidential system of governance that Turkey adopted through a referendum in April 2017.

Support for the presidential system stood at 32 percent, while 58.9 percent said given the choice they would opt for the parliamentary model.

Another survey conducted by the Metropoll polling company in June 2019 produced similar results, with 58.9 percent supporting the parliamentary system.

In the 2017 referendum, the constitutional amendments in favor of the presidential system were passed with 51.41 percent support.

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