41% of voters still undecided on Indonesia's presdential candidates

41% of voters still undecided on Indonesia's presdential candidates

A public opinion poll conducted by the Jakarta-based Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) has found that the majority of respondents were undecided about who to vote for in the July 9 presidential election.

The LSI survey, conducted between May 1 and 9 in 33 provinces, found that around 41 per cent of the 2,400 respondents would not commit to a decision, whether the presidential election be a two- or three-horse race.

The results, which were published Tuesday, were much higher than that of the 2009 election, when less than 20 per cent of voters had no discernible preference.

According to the survey, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo would either be paired with Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Abraham Samad or former vice president Jusuf Kalla, while Gerindra Party chief patron Prabowo Subianto was paired with National Awakening Party (PAN) chairman Hatta Rajasa.

With Jokowi-Kalla and Prabowo-Hatta, 35.91 per cent of respondents chose the former if the presidential election was held in May, while 41.76 per cent remained undecided.

In a scenario where Jokowi was paired with Samad, Jokowi's ratings increased slightly; garnering 36.05 per cent. Even so, the number of swing voters remained high at 41.69 per cent.

A third pairing was proposed by the LSI, with Golkar Party's Sultan Hamengkubuwono X touted as a presidential candidate alongside former trade minister Gita Wirjawan, who is speculated to win the Democratic Party convention, thus, poised for the vice presidential ticket.

LSI researchers took into account the possibility that Golkar and the Democratic Party could jointly form their own axis.

In a three-way contest, Jokowi-Samad would receive 26.21 per cent of the vote, followed by Prabowo-Hatta (17.76 per cent) and Hamengkubuwono-Gita (14.82 per cent).

When Jokowi was paired with Kalla, their electability decreased slightly to 25.32 per cent, while Prabowo-Hatta gained 18.14 per cent and Hamengkubuwono-Gita 16.02 per cent.

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