The Istanbul Rerun Isn’t About the Mayor. It’s About Turkey’s Future

Source:Foreign Policy Date:06Jun2019

This is an old article, which we post because it contains an election poll not published by Turkish press:


Initial polling after the election revealed that the prolonged process of objection to the results had helped the challenger Imamoglu. In our own polling, with 1,500 participants a week after the March 31 election, we found Imamoglu increasing his margin to 8 percentage points, at 54 percent to Binali Yildirim’s 46 percent. The reasons are twofold. First, AKP officials failed to convince the public of the fairness of their appeal; it seemed an overreach. Second, voters are tired of economic pressures; the electorate wanted the government to get back to getting the house in order.