>> Turkey is about to go to the polls in what critics say may be a vote for authoritarianism. Sunday's referendum could change the constitution to grant President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. Reuters's Nick Tattersall says a yes vote would herald the biggest change to Turkey's governance in a century.
Well, this is a historic vote that could change Turkey's political landscape really in the most profound way since the foundation of the modern republic almost a century ago. For Erdogan's supporters, they see a chance for him to really cement his position as Turkey's most powerful and influential leader since Ataturk.
For his opponents, they fear that a yes vote in this referendum would mean alert towards authoritarianism and a move for Turkey away from the Western values on democracy and free speech that they would like to see.>>
> Recent polls have suggested the yes vote may just edge it, but the margins are close.
>> Well, the polls paint a mixed picture. Polling, as we've seen in other parts of the world, can be unreliable and in Turkey it's no exception with many polling companies aligned one way or another politically. But on average, the polls are showing a narrow margin of support for the changes.
A victory of around 51% seems to be roughly the consensus figure that's come out in recent days. That's much less than Erdogan himself wants. He'd rather see a much stronger mandate of 60% or above.>> Critics fear the creation of a 21st century sultan, only minimally curved by parliament.
But Erdogan once says it's all about stability. Last year's failed military coup, a pivotal point for him, Turkey's resulting crackdown on the military, judiciary and civil society has drawn criticism from Western politicians. Now a no vote could have consequences every bit as complex as a yes. Erdogan says he wants a stronger Turkey.
Now the question is does whether voters want a stronger Erdogan.