Sixty percent of Turkey says they are financially worse off than last year - poll

Fifty-one percent of participants in an opinion survey said they found the Turkish government successful in steering the country during the coronavirus pandemic while 58 percent said they were financially worse-off than last year, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The survey conducted by Gezi polling company on 1,126 people in 12 provinces across the country revealed that 85 percent of participants see their financial situation as either “mediocre’’, ‘’bad’’ or “very bad.’’ 

Turkey's economic troubles have been compounded by the COVID-19 outbreak. The country is struggling with rising unemployment, inflation - recorded at 12.6 percent in June - and currency devaluation after the lira slipped to a record low in early May.

Participants rated the economy and unemployment as the largest problems facing Turkey. 

Participants also evaluated the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) crackdown on opposition municipalities during the pandemic, with 54 percent saying they disapproved of the government’s stance.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry’s banned opposition parties running their own COVID-19 fundraising campaigns after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused them of wanting to operate a “parallel state” through their local aid campaigns.

When asked about the response of municipalities to the pandemic, 32.2 percent said they found them successful while 46.6 percent said they were only partially successful.