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Prabowo-Hatta popularity climbing: Analysis

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 12, 2014   /  12:48 pm

The Nurjaman Center for Indonesian Democracy (NCID) has said that according to surveys done by Survey Focus Indonesia (FSI), Survey and Polling Indonesia (SPIN) and the Indonesia Survey Institute (LSI), the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa presidential ticket's popularity has begun to surge.

NCID executive director Jajat Nurjaman said in a press release, that the Prabowo-Hatta electability rate had risen because the Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Jusuf Kalla campaign team were perceived by the public as cornering Prabowo and Hatta on specific issues, as reported by kompas.com.

"The public has started to get bored with Jokowi-Kalla's style of campaigning while people also regard their campaign team as bullies in relation to the other pair," he said on Thursday.

According to the survey done by FSI, Prabowo-Hatta was leading marginally at 45.7 percent, while the Jokowi-Kalla pair garnered 45.2 percent.

In the SPIN survey, Prabowo-Hatta had a popularity rating of 44.9 percent with Jokowi-Kalla on 40.1 percent.

Finally, the LSI's survey results show that in Banten and Jakarta, Prabowo-Hatta leads the race with 35 percent compared to Jokowi-Kalla's electability of 26.25 percent.

However, the NCID found that in both the Populi Center and the United Data Center's (PDB) surveys, the Jokowi-Kalla presidential ticket led. In the Populi Center survey, Jokowi-Kalla polled 47.5 percent, while Prabowo-Hatta only received 36.9 percent.

Furthermore, in the PDB's survey, Jokowi-Kalla was leading at 32.2 percent while Prabowo-Hatta only garnered 26.5 percent.

Prabowo-Hatta, the ticket nominated by the Gerindra-led coalition comprising the Golkar Party, the National Mandate Party (PAN), the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), received the number "1" slot on ballot papers in the upcoming presidential election during a recent election number draw at the General Elections Commission (KPU). The coalition has secured 292, or 45.3 percent, of the total 560 seats in the next House of Representatives.

Jokowi-Kalla, who received the number "2" slot, is supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), along with its coalition partners, the NasDem Party, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Hanura Party, which have secured a total of 36.97 percent or 207 out of the total 560 seats in the next House. (fss)

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