Jokowi's declaration decreases swing voters: Survey
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The recent nomination of Jakarta Governor Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo as a presidential candidate has resulted in a fall in the number of undecided voters, a survey has revealed.
'Since Jokowi entered the presidential race, the number of undecided voters has kept on falling,' Djayadi Hanan, research director at Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC), said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday, based on the results of an SMRC survey.
He said the survey, which was conducted on March 26-29, found that the number of undecided voters totaled 6.8 percent, a substantial decrease from the 17 percent of undecided voters in February.
Djayadi added, however, that the survey results did not guarantee that the number of golput (abstainers) would be similarly affected. He said a lot of factors contributed to the number of abstainers, such as issues surrounding the final voter list and people's willingness to vote.
The survey interviewed 2,050 eligible voters nationwide who were chosen at random, and the methodology allowed for a 2.2 percent margin of error and 95 percent accuracy. (idb)
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