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Erdoğan’s job approval rating falls to 50.6 percent in July

The public approval rating of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan fell to 50.6 percent in July, continuing on its downward trajectory since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MetroPoll polling company has said.

A total of 43.3 percent of respondents in a monthly survey said they disapproved of Erdoğan’s performance, while 6.1 percent said they were undecided.

Back in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck Turkey, Erdoğan’s approval rating had hit its highest level since a failed coup attempt in July 2016, with 55.8 percent of Turks responding positively and only 36.6 percent expressing disapproval.

Since then, the rating has been in a steady decline despite the fact that the Turkish president has converted Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era monument, into a mosque in an attempt to consolidate his nationalist and conservative supporters.

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