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Islamic parties to remain unpopular in 2009: Survey

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 26 2008   /  10:59 am

Support for Islamic-based parties is expected to remain low in the 2009 elections as Muslims look set to vote for nationalist political groups promoting better welfare for the public, according to a new survey released Thursday. It suggested the political stance of Muslim voters would stay unchanged from previous general elections. The poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found only 16.6 percent of 1,239 Muslim voters surveyed would vote for Islamic parties in the 2009 legislative election. "Sixty percent of voters would cast their ballots for nationalist parties such as the Golkar Party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Democratic Party," LSI researcher Dodi Ambardi told a media conference at the launch of the survey. The survey, conducted from September 8-20, revealed 24.4 percent of respondents were still unde...