Turkey Poll: 32.5% in favour of Presidential system

A supporter holds a flag depicting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

The results of the poll released today, carried out annually by the university in December, throws up particularly interesting results for the ongoing discussions around the Presidential system proposed by the ruling AKP.

The number of those wanting a unitary administration in Turkey fell 16.2% from the previous year to 52.7%, while those wanting a Presidential System rose from last year’s 22.1%.

To the question “In the current system, do you approve of the President’s involvement in political topics?” 55% of the respondents said “no”. To the same question in the previous year, this figure was at 75.4%.

According to the poll, there was public support for the declaration of a state of emergency, however, there was objection to its extension.

Support for the EU in Turkey has gone down from the previous year from 65.1% in 2015 to 45.7% in 2016. Those that believe Turkey could be a member of the EU has also gone down from 38.3% to 27%.

Similarly, public support for Turkey’s continued membership of NATO has gone down. While support for Turkish membership of NATO was 76.2% in 2014, this figure fell to 69.5% in 2015 and 58% in 2016.