Turkish President's approval rating up in October despite rising inflation

Turkish President's approval rating up in October despite rising inflation
Update: 28 October 2022 02:59
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The number of people who approve of Recep Tayyip Erdogan now matches the number of those who do not, according to a recent poll.

The Turkish president's job approval rating has shown an increase in October compared with August, polling company MetroPOLL said on Thursday.

According to the most recent rating results, the number of participants who said they approve of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is now almost equal to those who said they do not approve.

The poll was conducted with the participation of 2,145 people in Turkey's 28 provinces between 15-18 October.

While 47.6% of all participants said that they approve of the President, 47.8% said they do not.

In August, Erdogan's job approval rating was 41.4% against 53.4%.

All all of the participants who expressed support for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), and 94.1% of the supporters of AKP's partner Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) approve of Erdogan, according to poll results. 

95.5% of the supporters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), 93.9% of the nationalist opposition Good Party's supporters, and 92.1% of the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) supporters said they do not approve of Erdogan.

A notable 14.8% of opposition DEVA Party's supporters expressed positive opinion, while 70.4% said they do not approve of Erdogan.

The rise in Erdogan's approval rating has come even as the people in Turkey suffer under a severe inflation, over 83% as of September according to controversial official figures and much higher according to an independent research group.

The Turkish administration has also failed to deal with a currency crisis despite measures that put a heavy burden on the Turkish Treasury and drained the foreign currency reserves of the Turkish Central Bank.