[Marxism] Kemalists lead AKP in poll
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Fri Jul 23 09:40:16 MDT 2010
Erdogan Losing Support as Turkish Opposition Pulls Ahead in
By Benjamin Harvey - Jul 22, 2010
The main Turkish opposition party, led by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, has
pulled ahead of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party, a
public opinion poll shows.
In this month’s Sonar Arastirma poll, 33.5 percent of respondents
said they would vote for Kilicdaroglu’s Republican People’s Party,
as opposed to 31.1 percent for Erdogan’s Justice and Development
Party. The prime minister’s party led in the Istanbul-based
research group’s June poll, backed by 33.4 percent of respondents
to 30.25 percent for the Republicans.
The Nationalist Action Party would receive 13.8 percent of the
vote, according to Sonar Arastirma’s July 3-10 poll, which was
received by e-mail. The pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party
would get 4.5 percent, below the 10 percent threshold needed for
representation in parliament, the poll shows.
Elections are planned by July of next year. In the last elections,
in 2007, Erdogan’s Justice and Development won with 47 percent of
the vote, to 21 percent for the Republicans.
Erdogan received the lowest rating for trust of any Turkish leader
or government branch listed in the poll, at 33 percent. The most
trustworthy was the armed forces, with 78 percent. The poll also
shows 46 percent of respondents had a negative outlook on the economy.
According to the poll, 77 percent said unemployment was the
country’s most important problem. The latest figures released by
the State Statistics Institute show Turkey’s jobless rate fell to
12 percent in the three months through May from 14.9 percent a
The poll was conducted through in-person interviews with 3,000
people in 16 provinces. The margin of error is 1.7 percentage
points, Sonar Arastirma said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Benjamin Harvey in Ankara
at bharvey11 at bloomberg.net.
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