More than half of the Turkey’s population says Erdogan will lose election – pollster

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 01: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan poses as he casts his ballot at a polling station on November 1, 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. Polls have opened in Turkey's second general election this year, with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) hoping to win a majority, as the country searches for stability amongst serious security concerns. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

Fifty-four percent of people in Turkey say President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will lose general elections slated for 2023, according to a September survey by MetroPoll, a leading Turkish polling firm. 

Thirty-eight percent of respondents said that the AKP would be re-elected, said Özer Sencar, the head of MetroPoll, in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

The AKP won 43 percent of the vote at the 2018 general elections. An aggregate of polls earlier this year found a steady decline in support for Erdoğan’s ruling party.

Public support for Erdoğan is falling due to poor economic performance, allegations of financial mismanagement, failures in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, criticism of his government’s response to a spate of forest fires and floods, and growing authoritarianism.

Sixty-six percent of citizens who voted for the AKP in the June 24, 2018 general elections said that the party would get re-elected, according to the MetroPoll survey.

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