Over one-third of Turkey’s Gen Z supports main opposition CHP, poll shows

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A survey conducted by the ORC Research Company has shown that Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) would have received more than one-third of the vote of the country’s Generation Z if a general election were to be held in early October, local media reported on Saturday.

Turkey’s Generation Z, which includes people born between 1997 and 2012, will make up over 9 million voters nationwide, or 13 percent of the electorate, in the event a snap election is held in the near future.

If the elections are held in 2023 as planned, that figure is expected to increase to 16 percent of nationwide voters, according to local media reports.

The ORC poll revealed that the CHP would have received 33.8 percent of Generation Z votes in an October election, while the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) would have garnered only 11.4 percent, which is less than those who are undecided and those who decided not to cast votes, representing 13.4 and 17.8 percent of the group, respectively.

According to the survey the nationalist opposition İYİ (Good) Party, the Islamist Felicity Party (SP), the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), the Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) and the Future Party (GP) would have received 6.6, 0.8, 5.3, 2.1 and 0.9 percent of Generation Z’s votes, respectively, while votes for the AKP’s ally, the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), would have stood at 7.2 percent.

When asked “How do you think the economy will be in the next year?” 50.7 percent said it would be worse and 35.1 percent said it would be the same, with only 14.2 percent stating they expect it to be better.

A survey conducted by Deloitte, a leading global provider of audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and legal services, also revealed in July that 65 percent of Generation Z said they feel stressed all or most of the time, with two-thirds of participants acknowledging that they worry or become stressed by their personal financial situations.

While their families’ welfare was the main cause of stress for 63 percent of Generation Zs, the second among their top stress drivers was their long-term financial future, at 62 percent, according to the poll.

The surveys come amid a deteriorating economy in Turkey, where inflation at a 30-month high of 19.58 percent in September and a slump in the lira’s value are affecting the standard of living, putting many people into poverty.

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