About Half Support Gezi Park Protests
PEW Research - July 30, 2014
As Turkey prepares to vote for its first ever directly elected
president, a new Pew Research Center survey finds the Turkish public is
divided over the main contender for the office, current Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan and his party, the moderately Islamist Justice and
Development Party (AKP), have dominated Turkish politics for the last
decade, overseeing considerable economic growth and an expanding role
for Turkey in regional and world affairs. And most observers expect
Erdogan to win the August 10 election.
But on a number of issues, Turks are almost evenly split between
those who are happy with Erdogan’s leadership and the state of the
nation, and those who believe the former Istanbul mayor is leading the
country down the wrong path. Overall, 44% are satisfied with the
country’s direction, while 51% are dissatisfied. Half say the economy is
doing well, while 46% think it is in bad shape. Forty-eight percent say
Erdogan is having a good influence on the country; the same percentage
believes he is having a negative impact.