(Bloomberg) 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.
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The boost in popularity is significant for Erdogan as he seeks to change Turkey's constitution to create an executive presidency. Opposition lawmakers, who object to his accumulating greater powers, have denied the ruling AK Party he co-founded the votes needed in parliament to call a referendum on the issue.