The results of the survey by Turkish pollster MetroPOLL
suggest Erdogan could face some public resistance in achieving
his goal of taking charge of a newly-constituted executive
presidency in two years time.
Gul’s seven-year term expires in 2014 and the survey of
political attitudes showed nearly 60 percent of people thought
he should be a candidate in the next election.
Asked who they would vote for if they had to choose between
Gul and Erdogan, 50.9 percent said Gul and 22.7 percent said
Erdogan. Another 16.1 percent said they did not know and 10.3
percent did not give an answer.