The Jakarta Post
A survey conducted by Alvara, a research institution, shows that Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie ranks highest among the most popular presidential candidates; however, this does not boost his electability.
According to the survey, Aburizal's electability is still below Jakarta Governor Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party presidential hopeful Prabowo Soebianto.
'Despite excessive advertisements released by Aburizal, it appears from our survey that the advertisements have so far been unable to swing voters to vote for Aburizal,' said Alvara executive director Hasanuddin Ali during the launch of the Survey on Parties and 2014 Presidential Candidates in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
According to the survey, Aburizal ranks highest among the most popular presidential candidates with 78.4 percent of the vote, followed by Jokowi with 76 percent and Prabowo with 66.3 percent.
But when the survey respondents were asked: 'Which candidate you will vote for?', Hasanuddin said, 25.9 percent of respondents said they would vote for Jokowi, followed by Prabowo with 9.2 percent and Aburizal with 7.6 percent.
In the party category, the survey found the Golkar Party as the most popular party, supported by 89.1 percent of the vote, followed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) and the Democratic Party (PD) with 89 percent and 80 percent of the vote, respectively.
In terms of electability, however, PDIP ranks highest with 17.9 percent of the vote, followed by Golkar 10 percent, Gerindra 6.5 percent and PD 5.7 percent.
The survey yielded 1,533 respondents in 10 cities, comprising Balikpapan, Bandung, Denpasar, Greater Jakarta (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi) as well as Makassar, Manado, Medan, Semarang, Surabaya and Palembang.
The survey was carried out using a direct interview method, with a 'margin of error' of around 2.5 percent. (ebf)