HDP supporters neither happy, nor hopeful: Poll

HDP supporters neither happy, nor hopeful: Poll
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Only 6.6% of the potential voters of the pro-Kurdish opposition who responded to a survey have said they are "happy" about political developments, while nearly 70% they are "angry."

According to the results of a recent survey by a Turkish polling company, those who are the least "hopeful" of the political situation surrounding Turkey are the supporters of the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), who has been constantly criminalized by the officials and government media since the breakup of "peace talks" in 2015 between Turkish authorities and representatives of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

HDP faces a closure case in the Constitutional Court, who may issue its decision before the coming elections in May. Hundreds of party officials, including former co-chairs have been incarcerated within the last six years.

69.7% of HDP supporters who responded to survey questions stated they are "angry," while 67.4% stated they are "worried," the polling company TEAM said.

Only 6.6% stated that they are "happy," with 17.8% saying they are "hopeful," and 15.9%, "excited."

In contrast, 52.8% of the supporters of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said they are hopeful, with 45.7% saying they are "happy," and 42.9%, "excited."

Those who are "happy" among the supporters of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) constitute a remarkable 38%.

Although the supporters of the nationalist opposition Good Party are significantly more happy, hopeful and excited compared to HDP voters, they are at the same time the most worried and angry voters, with respectively 79.5% and 78%.

The survey was conducted in Turkey's 16 provinces between 11-14 January, four months to the presidential and parliamentary elections.