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Jakarta Post

Muslim voters bank on Islamic parties: Study

  • Erwida Maulia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 15 2009   /  01:09 pm

Indonesian Muslim voters uncertain of parties' economic policies are more likely to vote for Islamic parties than Pancasila-based nationalist ones, a research says. The research findings, titled Testing Political Islam's Economic Advantage: The Case of Indonesia, was conducted jointly by Thomas B. Pepinsky of Cornell University, R. William Lidle of Ohio State University, and the Indonesian Survey Institute. "We found that Islamic parties offering good policies are less popular than Pancasila-based parties offering the same, while Islamic parties offering bad economic policies are equally as popular as Pancasila-based ones offering the same," Pepinsky said Thursday in Jakarta. "But respondents were significantly more likely to support an Islamic party than a Pancasila-based party under conditions of economic policy uncertainty," Pepinsky said. The research involved 2,5...