Economic concerns shape election results: Pollsters

Main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) triumph in the local elections over the weekend can be largely attributed to the surge in living costs and soaring inflation, the heads of three of Türkiye's leading public opinion research firms told daily Hürriyet.
Of the country's 81 provinces, the CHP emerged victorious in 35, followed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) with 24.

Approaching the voting rate of 1977 for the first time, CHP emerged as the leading party after 47 years, with the management of many provinces transitioning to the party for the first time in the history of the country.

Assessing this profound electoral shift in an interview with daily Hürriyet, the three major polling firms underscored the fundamental role of high inflation and retirees' dissatisfaction with their stagnant wages.
Betimar, renowned for its accurate predictions in previous elections, contends that the victory was not so much a result of CHP's success but rather the AKP's failure.

"CHP didn't win. AKP lost, the People's Alliance lost. There was an economic process in the previous election as well, but the voters didn't get that hope," remarked Betimar head Gürkan Demir.
Retirees constituted a significant voting bloc, with a substantial percentage of votes coming from the 45-60 age group, Demir noted, adding that the unmet expectations regarding retirees' pensions fueled discontent and contributed to the electoral shift.
Moreover, the decline in voter turnout to around 78 percent was cited as one of the factors behind the change witnessed at the ballot boxes. Pollsters noted that the segment of voters abstaining from voting were primarily supporters of the People's Alliance comprised of the AKP and the Nationalist...

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