Not all those declaring the 'yes' vote are sincere
I was not surprised the slightest when I read a story covered by İhlas News Agency, which held the pulses of votes from eight provinces in the East and Southeast Anatolian regions about the referendum.
Among those who were held a microphone to, the "no" voters were not so eager to speak out. The ones who were to vote "yes," on the other hand, bragged about the benefits of being ruled by the presidential system.
I wonder how the fear that silences the "no" voters affects the "yes" voters? Could it be possible that those who say "yes" with their tongues - maybe because of fear or because of certain interests - have their hearts at the "no" vote?
There is nothing to be surprised about; it is not so common to say "no" than to say "yes" publicly. You need some courage to publicly say "no," you must be at a position where you would not have much to lose. They do not have the power of the government behind them or the assurance of the strong President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
There is no benefit in saying "no" either. On the contrary, there are several risks, many possible consequential costs.
For this reason, I can understand why those who would vote "no" would hide themselves. It is normal they do not feel as safe as the "yes" voters.
Naturally, such a conclusion can be drawn: The true number of "no" voters are more than those who declare their choice. Also, saying "yes" publicly may generate some benefits but no risks. The instinct of protection and the pressure of interests may force one to act hypocritically. What I mean is that there could be "no" voters among the publicly declared "yes" voters.
Certain smart ones would want to secure the advantages of the "yes" and hide their sincere opinion. There...