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AKP and ally losing support while opposition gaining in popularity, latest poll shows

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The newly founded Remres polling company has claimed that an alliance between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has been losing support while an opposition alliance is attracting more voters as Turkey heads to presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, the Diken news website reported on Monday.

According to the company’s latest poll, the AKP-MHP alliance dropped to 43.9 percent support from 44.2 percent in their previous survey, and opposition allies the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the İYİ (Good) Party and the Felicity Party (SP) were steadily increasing their support from 43.4 percent to 43.7 percent in the parliamentary elections.

For the first round of the presidential race, Remres predicts that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will receive 42.2 percent of the vote, whereas the CHP’s Muharrem İnce will garner 24.6 percent, the İYİ Party’s Meral Akşener 16.9 percent, the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş 12.3 percent and the SP’s Temel Karamollaoğlu will win 3.8 percent of the vote.

The poll also predicted that in a second round of votes, Erdoğan would receive 42.2 percent and İnce 41.9 percent. According to Emre Şişmanlar, the head of the polling company, mathematically Erdoğan could win the race since some 9.4 percent of undecided voters might follow popular trends.

Şişmanlar also said İnce could receive unexpectedly healthy support from Kurdish voters; however, Kurds might be hesitant to support Akşener.

Another polling company, ORC, which is considered to be pro-government, announced their latest survey in the Akşam daily, indicating that Erdoğan would win the presidential race in the first round by 53.4 percent.

For the parliamentary elections, ORC also said the AKP’s share of the vote would be 52.8 percent, while the opposition alliance would garner 35.6 percent and the HDP 10.9 percent.

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