Turkey’s AKP voters form bulk of swing votes – survey

The future of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the next elections lies at the hands of swing voters, the majority of whom are disillusioned AKP supporters, according to a new poll by MAK Consulting.

AKP supporters formed the bulk of undecided voters, who make up 13 percent of the population, Gerçek Gündem reported, citing the survey conducted in 35 provinces and towns across Turkey between June 12-17.

The MAK survey found that out of AKP’s 35.5 percent support from the Turkish public, 5.9 percent of the supporter base were swing voters.

On June 24, 2018, AKP received 42.5 percent in the parliamentary vote, followed by the main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) with 22.65 percent, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) with 11.7 percent, and 11.1 percent for AKP ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

The survey found that CHP received 25.3 percent and MHP and opposition centre-right Good Party received just over 10 percent support without the inclusion of undecided voters in the next elections.

Meanwhile, HDP received less than 10 percent support in the same category, falling below the electoral threshold.