Supporters of opposition taking on more debt than government supporters -survey
A survey in Turkey shows that supporters of the opposition parties have recently become 'more indebted' in comparison to supporters of the two parties in the ruling alliance.
According to the survey of MetroPOLL, one of the most credible survey companies in Turkey, the 'most indebted' group are the supporters of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). 84 percent of the respondents in this group said they have become more indebted recently.
Similarly, 82.1 percent of the supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said they have more debt to pay now.
69.7 percent of the supporters of opposition the Good Party said they were more indebted.
In stark contrast, only 29 percent of the supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) stated that they were more in debt.
48.6 percent of the supporters of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), AKP's ally, said they were more indebted.
No confidence in official inflation figures
The survey also showed that merely two of every voter in Turkey have confidence in the inflation figures announced by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK).
TUIK’s figures have been creating great controversy in Turkey as they are believed to be manipulated for both political purposes and in order for the Government to be able to offer lower wage increases since TUIK data is taken as a benchmark for changes in the minimum wage, in the salaries of the public servants and adjustments in the pensions of millions of retired public and private sector workers.
69 percent of the respondents said the figures announced by independent research group ENAGrup were more reliable.
TUIK announced on Monday that the annual increase in consumer prices was 78.6 percent, while ENAGrup put the figure at 175.5 percent.