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Latest polls put 'yes' camp ahead in Turkey’s referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems closer than ever to his dream of an executive presidency as the newest polls give him a slight edge.
A billboard carrying a picture of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and a slogan that reads: "Yes. It is for the people to speak and to decide" is seen on a building ahead of the constitutional referendum in Istanbul, Turkey April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTX35F8G

Turkey’s leading polling firm Konda announced on its website April 13 that the “yes” votes were ahead in the country’s upcoming presidential referendum. The people of Turkey will vote on April 16 whether to abolish the post of prime minister and give expanded executive powers to the head of state, a long-time dream of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to the note on Konda’s website, turnout on April 16 will be nearly 90%, of which 51.5% will vote “yes” and 48.5% will choose “no.” Based on face-to-face surveys conducted with 3,462 respondents in 30 provinces, Konda’s estimates come with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 at a 95% confidence level and plus or minus 2.2 at 99% confidence level.

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