Ahval website, which specializes in Turkish affairs, said that ORC Research, known for its closeness to the ruling party in Turkey, conducted the poll.
This poll is important because it seeks to identify a new segment that did not participate in previous elections, as a large percentage of them were born between 1997 and 2005, and it comes less than two years before the general elections in 2023.
And 33.8 percent of the participants said that they preferred the Republican People’s Party, the main opposition party in the country, while 13.4 percent said they had not made up their minds yet, and 17.8 percent confirmed that they would boycott the vote.
It became clear that young voters avoid small parties. For example, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) received only 5.3 percent of the youth vote.
The ruling Justice and Development Party, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won the 2018 elections, with 42.6 percent of the total votes in the elections, but opinion polls show that this percentage is now 31 percent.
An opinion poll conducted 3 months ago and carried out by the “Metropol” agency, especially, showed that 44 percent of the respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 said that they felt closer to the opposition Umma Nation Alliance than the government coalition, which includes, along with the Justice and Development Party, the Nationalist Movement Party.
Metropol founder and director, Ozer Sinjar, cautioned that these findings, while important to Erdogan’s opposition, do not mean that support for the nation’s alliance among young voters should be overstated.
“The difference between the two is much less than most people would expect. It seems that the new generation is not very fond of the current leaders,” Sinjar said.