Erdogan favorite for presidency: Survey

AK Party has been conducting its own public opinion surveys regarding the presidential elections. Private survey organizations, too, are preparing similar surveys. Here are the latest survey results conducted by MetroPoll.

Erdogan favorite for presidency: Survey

While the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is conducting its ownpublic opinion surveys regarding the presidential elections, private surveyorganizations are preparing similar surveys, with one showing solid support forAK Party leader Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoðan.

Between March 9 and 18 MetroPoll posed questions to 2,402 people from 29provinces about various social questions, including the presidential elections.

Participants were asked who they thought should be president; 18.1 percentsaid Erdoðan, 11.4 percent named Parliament Speaker Bülent Arýnç, 8.3 percentchose current president Ahmet Necdet Sezer, 4.4 percent picked Foreign MinisterAbdullah Gül and 44 percent said "undecided."

When asked "Who would you want to run from the AK Party if Erdoðan doesnot run as president," about 25.8 percent said Gül, 20.5 percent Arýnç,2.9 percent Deputy Prime Minister Abdüllatif Þener and 0.9 percent DefenseMinister Vecdi Gönül.

If Erdoðan were to become president 57.7 percent said they would want Gül tobecome prime minister.

In response to the question, "If the general elections were to be heldthis Sunday, who would you vote for?" 31.2 percent said the AK Partyfollowed by Republican People's Party (CHP), 12.9 percent; Nationalist MovementParty (MHP), 8 percent; True Path Party (DYP), 5.4 percent; Democratic SocietyParty (DTP), 2.8 percent; Motherland Party (ANAVATAN), 2.6 percent; Young Party(GP), 2.5 percent; Saadet (happiness or contentment) Party (SP), 2.2 percent;Democratic Party (DP), 1.4 percent; and 17.4 responding "undecided."

According to the results and given the 10 percent election threshold onlythe AKP, CHP and MHP would win seats in Parliament.

The current most-popular politician was Erdoðan, with 22 percent of thepopular vote, followed by former president Süleyman Demirel with 5.8 percent;Sezer, 5.3 percent; Gül, 4.1 percent; and CHP leader Deniz Baykal, 2.7 percent.

Other results

* 46.7 percent supported the ban on the television series "KurtlarVadisi" (Valley of the Wolves) and 43.6 percent did not.

* 59.2 percent describe the decision of Feb. 28, 1997 -- the date of theso-called post modern coup in Turkey-- as bad, 22.7 percent described it as good.

* The majority of respondents did not support former President Kenan Evren'sremarks on the introduction of a provincial system in the Turkish politicalorder.

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