Support for the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit a record low in April, Bloomberg reported.
Can Selcuki, head of the Istanbul-based sociological agency Turkiye Raporu, noted that Erdogan’s sacking of the central bank’s head in March was a watershed moment for voters. Erdogan fired Naci Agbal after less than five months of work, due to political differences, which caused the Turkish lira to fall by more than 16 percent. Since then, the lira has dropped to an all-time low.
Up to 27 percent of Turkish population (editorial: including the population of occupied Western Armenia) are unable to meet their basic needs, according to a monthly public survey conducted in April by Metropoll. The AKP’s support rating is now 27 percent, excluding undecided voters, the lowest for a ruling party since its inception.