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    Turkish people blame politicians for high-tension, AKP's support falls

    Hurriyet English
    03.06.2008 - 10:44 | Son Güncelleme:

    Almost half of the Turkish people blame politicians for the recent increase in tension and think politicians should resolve the problems, as support to the Islamist-rooted AKP has fallen below 40 percent, two separate polls showed on Tuesday. AKP's support stood at 39.7 percent after the distribution of non-committed voters, down from the 47 percent gained to win the elections last year, according to a poll conducted by A&G Research for Credit Suisse.

    The poll was held on May 24-25 and based on face-to-face interviews with 2,386 respondents across 33 provinces. The poll showed the leftist main opposition CHP's support fell slightly to 19.4 percent, while support for the nationalist MHP increased to 17.1 percent, up from the 14.3 percent gained in the last election. Nearly one third of respondents said they were undecided.     


    Political tension recently has been high in Turkey due to the AKP's non-compromising moves after July 22 elections, such as lifting the ban on the headscarf, seen as the symbol of political Islam, at universities. Such moves resulted in a closure case being opened against the AKP, who finds itself in a war of words with judiciary.


    Another poll, conducted by A&G Research for Kanal D news, showed 47.9 percent of Turkish people blame politicians for the recent rise in tension, and think it should be solved by the politicians. The poll also showed that 14.8 percent said President Abdullah Gul should step in, while 15.4 rejected such suggestions.




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