Bans on Twitter, YouTube did not ‘touch’ AKP voters – poll

According to the opinion polls research company Ipsos, voters of Turkey’s ruling party AKP ignored the bans on Twitter and YouTube in the run-up to the local elections, held at the weekend.

A total of 82.3 per cent of the Turks who voted for AKP said that their opinion did not change after the bans, with 11.9 per cent saying it strengthened their resolve to vote for the party.

The same goes for the allegations, based on documents leaked on the internet, showcasing corruption in the government of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A total of 79.4 per cent of AKP’s voters said that they were indifferent towards these documents, while 14.6 per cent said they have caused them a greater willingness to vote for AKP.

In the same survey, 84 per cent of AKP’s voters emphasised that the main reason for their choice was the party leader, meaning Erdogan, as well as the construction projects undertaken by his government.

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(Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: EC Audiovisual Service)