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Erdogan’s Approval Rating Soars in Turkey Following Coup Attempt

  • MetroPOLL says 67.6 percent like president’s handling of duty
  • Popularity significant as Erdogan seeks change to constitution
Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in Ankara, on Aug. 10, 2016.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks in Ankara, on Aug. 10, 2016.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s approval rating rose to the highest level since he became Turkey’s president two years ago as his administration deals with the aftermath of a failed military coup last month.

Just over two thirds of Turks approve of the way Erdogan is handling his duties, according to a survey by Ankara-based MetroPOLL conducted about two weeks after the July 15 putsch. It’s the first time that Erdogan, who became president in 2014 after more than a decade as prime minister, has had a rating above 50 percent since he was elected to his current role.