Baydar's blog: Turkish public displays growing mistrust to Erdoğan, Gül, AKP and media

Here is my comment for TZ:

There is a sharp decline in the public perception that Turkey is going well… Both the founders of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as well as the government itself, are seeing all-time lows… There is the clear-cut public belief that some ministers and their sons are involved in corruption…

The more cemented conviction is that Turkey’s media is not informing the public freely about the graft investigation… There is growing acknowledgment that both the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases will be retried…

On the political spectrum, the AKP is going down to its “core voter” levels, while the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) is at an all-time-high, reaching the critical national election threshold of 10 percent…

Nothing is more interesting than taking the pulse of the Turkish public these days, as the country is becoming adrift in a political and economic crisis. But the problem has been — and will continue to be — finding reliable and independent enough pollsters.

The Ankara-based MetroPOLL is one of them. It has been monitoring trends for more than seven years and its analysis should be paid attention to. The fact that its latest findings have been fully ignored by the pro-government media speaks for itself.

The latest poll, conducted from Jan. 14-21 with 1,545 people in 31 provinces, presents extremely interesting data.

The outlook is gloomy overall.

What does the MetroPoll data tell us?

Read my full analysis here.

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