Two-thirds of HDP supporters likely to vote for Kilicdaroglu: Poll
According to a recent poll in Turkey, a significant majority of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) supporters is likely to vote for Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), in case he runs for president in the coming election.
64.4% of HDP supporters said they would vote for Kilicdaroglu, while 31.1% said they would not.
As most of the polls suggest that neither the ruling bloc of Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), nor the opposition bloc of six parties - led by CHP and Good Party - could win the 2023 presidential election without the backing of HDP supporters, the results of the poll are reassuring for the opposition bloc.
The poll, conducted by MetroPOLL, also shows that most of the supporters of Felicity Party, one of the six parties in the opposition bloc, would not vote for Kilicdaroglu. Only 36% said they would, while 64% said they would not.
Asked whether or not they would vote for current president and AKP leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2023, only 2.7% of HDP supporters said they would, much less than 6.3% of Good Party supporters, and 12.5% of Felicity Party supporters who were inclined to vote for Erdogan.
It is also notable that 11.2% of participants who stated that they voted for AKP in the 2018 elections, and almost 30% of those who stated that they voted for MHP, said they would not vote for Erdogan in the coming election.
HDP received 11.7% of the popular vote in the 2018 parliamentary elections, while Felicity Party received 1.3%.