Turks unlikely to change their vote for snap election: pollster

Ahmet Davutoglu
Ahmet Davutoglu

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, left, reacts to cheering lawmakers before he takes his oath during the Turkish parliament’s first session in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Turks are unlikely to change their vote in any snap election soon, pollsters said on Wednesday, even after the June 7 election deprived parliament of a single-party government and raised the possibility of coalition politics.

Analysts, politicians and at least one previous poll have suggested the governing AK Party would win stronger support in the case of a snap election, citing wide discomfort in the electorate with the prospect of a coalition government.

However, according to the results of a survey by a major polling firm carried out during the week following the June 7 vote, support for AKP stood at 41.6 percent, compared to the 40.7 percent it received at the election.

“People have not regretted their choices at the ballot box,” said Ozer Sencar, head of the Metropoll Research Center, which carried out the survey. “It is currently not true that the AK Party would attain a simple majority at the case of an early election.”

Turkish pollster MAK said last week that the AK Party would regain its overall parliamentary majority with 44 percent support if a snap election were to be held.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to formally ask Prime Minister and AKP leader Ahmet Davutoglu next week to try to form a coalition. If Davutoglu fails, Erdogan could then ask the second-biggest party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), to try to establish a working government.


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