People want strong leader, says survey
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A Jakarta-based pollster has found in a survey that the majority of voters want strong leadership for the country.
The National Survey Institute (LSN) found that 56.8 percent of respon-dents would vote for a presidential candidate who could be firm in decision making.
The survey also shows that 58.6 percent of respondents also want a presidential candidate who has integrity and who is not involved in graft.
The LSN interviewed 1,230 respondents between Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 in the country’s 33 provinces.
LSN’s main researcher Dipa Pradipta said that respondents preferred presidential candidates with military backgrounds, like Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto, chief patron of the Great National Movement (Gerindra) Party and Gen. (ret) Wiranto, chairman of the People’s Conscience (Hanura) Party.
The LSN survey found that if the presidential election were to take place today, Prabowo would receive 20.1 percent of the vote and Wiranto 12 percent.
Earlier, the LSN found that many Democratic Party traditional voters would vote for other nationalists whom they perceived of having more integrity, including the likes of the National Democratic (NasDem) Party and Gerindra, if the election was to take place today.