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Latest poll shows AKP support has dropped to 35 percent

A recent survey by the Piar polling company shows support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has dropped significantly since the last polls on June 24, standing at 35 percent, the Artı Gerçek news website reported on Wednesday.

The survey was conducted phone between Jan. 13 and 19 on 9,000 people.

According to the results, 25.9 percent say they will vote for the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), whereas 13.6 percent favor AKP ally the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), 12.1 the İyi (Good) Party and 11 percent support the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

Turkey will hold local elections on March 31.

The participants of the survey were also asked about the most urgent problems of the country.

While 34.5 percent say economic deterioration is the number one problem, nearly 60 percent see no recovery in the short term.

The second most frequent answer was unemployment with 14.6 percent of respondents, and the third was Syrian refugees in Turkey with 12.6 percent.

Another striking result of the survey is about public trust for the Turkish media, with 81.7 percent of participants not trusting media outlets.

A full 62.8 percent also say they do not trust the judiciary. According to the World Rule of Law Index, Turkey ranked 101st among 113 countries in 2017.

When asked “Do you think Turkey should be a member of the European Union?” 66.4 percent responded in the affirmative. However, some 70 percent of respondents do not think Turkey can become a member in the near future.

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