Jokowi remains 'electoral magnet' for PDI-P: Survey

Jokowi remains 'electoral magnet' for PDI-P: Survey
Joko Widodo.

JAKARTA - A survey commissioned by Jakarta-based pollster the Political Communication (Polcomm) Institute says Joko "Jokowi" Widodo remains an electoral magnet who will boost the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) vote in the upcoming elections.

"The party's electability stands at 23.1 per cent and according to respondents surveyed, this is because it has nominated Jokowi as its presidential candidate," said Polcomm Institute director Heri Budianto in a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday, as quoted by Antara.

He said respondents considered the PDI-P as a party which had been solid and consistent in opposition, as well as always defending the interests of ordinary people. The PDI-P was also considered a nationalist party which took its ideology from Indonesian founding father Soekarno.

In the survey Golkar's popularity ranked second with 17.3 per cent of the vote, followed by Gerindra (7.7 per cent); the Democratic Party (5.1 per cent); and Nasdem (4.5 per cent).

"Meanwhile, the remaining 23.3 per cent of respondents said they were undecided," said Heri. He said respondents who opted for Golkar said that the party had long experience in politics and governance.

Meanwhile, Golkar was considered the "most mature" political party with a sound basis in leadership and prosperity - issues once popular during Soeharto's era.

"Gerindra ranked third and respondents said they put high hopes in Prabowo [Gerindra chief patron and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto] due to his firmness and authoritative bearing," said Heri.

The survey, conducted from March 19 to March 29, involved 1,200 respondents in 33 provinces using multistage random sampling and a margin of error of 2.9 per cent.

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