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A recent survey by private pollster AREA Research revealed a change in the ranking of Turkey’s political parties by their vote shares, with the opposition Good (İYİ) Party replacing government-allied Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

In a potential election, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was revealed to receive 39 percent of votes, while main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) obtained 24.5 percent of votes.

İYİ Party came in third with 12 percent, a spot usually reserved for the MHP, the AKP’s partner in the ruling People’s Alliance.

Meanwhile, pro-Kurdish Democratic People’s Party (HDP) occupied fourth place with 10 percent of votes, followed by the MHP at only 8 percent, which is below Turkey’s election threshold.

İYİ Party was founded by MHP dissidents, with the former’s leader, Meral Akşener, known with being a staunch critic of MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli.

AKP breakaway Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA), founded by former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan, obtained only 2.6 percent of votes, while former prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Future Party received 1.4 percent of votes.

Meanwhile, a majority of 57.3 percent of survey participants said that they would vote in favor of a parliamentary system in a potential referandum to determine the political system of the country.

The attitude toward the government’s financial policies fell outside of party lines with 58.4 percent saying that they thought the administration’s economic policies were “unsuccessful.”

The attitude toward the government’s fight against coronavirus was also non-partisan with 84.3 percent saying that the administration was successful in managing the pandemic.

The answers to what participants thought were Turkey’s biggest problems were overwhelmingly revealed to be the economy with 46.4 percent and unemployment at 20.6 percent.