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(06/21/10) -

CHP Grows, Virtually Ties AKP in Turkey

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) is technically tied with the Republican People’s Party (CHP), according to a poll by Sonar Arastirma. 32.5 per cent of respondents would vote for the CHP in the next legislative election, while 31.1 per cent would support the ruling AKP.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) is technically tied with the Republican People’s Party (CHP), according to a poll by Sonar Arastirma. 32.5 per cent of respondents would vote for the CHP in the next legislative election, while 31.1 per cent would support the ruling AKP.

The CHP is up 5.4 points since January; support for the AKP is up 1.6 points. The National Action Party (MHP) is in third place with 18.6 per cent. Support is much lower for the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), the Felicity Party (SP), the Democratic Left Party (DSP), and the Turkish Democratic Party (DP).

Turkish voters renewed the Great National Assembly in July 2007. Final results gave the AKP 46.6 per cent of the vote and 341 seats in the legislature. Parties require at least 10 per cent of the vote to earn seats under the country’s proportional representation system. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a member of the AKP, has served as prime minister since March 2003.

On May 22, Kemal Kilicdaroglu took over as leader of the CHP, following the resignation of Deniz Baykal. Kilicdaroglu discussed his views on international relations, saying, "Foreign policy should be approached with the skills of a chess master. Foreign policy cannot be executed based on personality. Foreign policy cannot be executed as a fait accompli. There are years of hard work behind it."

On Jun. 11, Erdogan stressed that a recent row with Israel and increasing ties with Iran do not mean that Turkey is drifting away from the West. The prime minister declared: "Those who allege that Turkey has broken away from the West are the intermediaries of an ill-intentioned propaganda."

Polling Data

What party would you support in the next parliamentary election?

 

May 2010

Jan. 2010

Oct. 2009

Republican People’s Party (CHP)

32.5%

27.1%

28.2%

Justice and Development Party (AKP)

31.1%

29.5%

31.7%

National Action Party (MHP)

18.6%

20.4%

19.6%

Peace and Democracy Party (BDP)

4.3%

6.3%

6.6% (*)

Felicity Party (SP)

3.7%

5.5%

6.1%

Democratic Left Party (DSP)

3.5%

4.1%

2.0%

Turkish Democratic Party (DP)

2.4%

3.0%

1.9%

(*) The BDP replaced the Democratic Society Party (DTP)

Source: Sonar Arastirma
Methodology: Interviews with 3,000 Turk adults, conducted from May 24 to May 27, 2010. Margin of error is 2.0 per cent.