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Jakarta Post

Indonesians ‘uncomfortable’ with polarizing sentiments from Jakarta election: Survey

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 20, 2017   /   10:43 am
Indonesians ‘uncomfortable’ with polarizing sentiments from Jakarta election: Survey Non-active Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama prepares to hear the verdict of his blasphemy case at the North Jakarta District Court on May 9. (JP/Sigid Kurniawan/Pool)

Two thirds of Indonesian people are fed up with divisive political rhetoric and rampant hate speeches that dominated debates in social media after the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial runoff election, a survey has found.

The Jakarta-based Indonesian Survey Circle’s (LSI) survey released on Friday reveals 72.5 percent of Indonesians feels uncomfortable with the growing polarization that has swept the country.

Meanwhile, 8.7 percent of respondents said they were unconcerned with the phenomenon, and the remaining 18.8 percent did not respond to the question.

“Concerning the latest national atmosphere, which was marked with a growing polarization in the public that had spread beyond the Jakarta election, we wanted to know the public’s view about the situation,” LSI researcher Ardian Sopa told reporters.

Conducted between May 5 and May 10, the survey involved 1,200 respondents from across Indonesia and has a 2.9 percent margin of error.

The survey further reveals that 75.8 percent of Indonesians receive updates on controversies surrounding the Jakarta election from large-scale demonstrations in the capital city and court proceedings of non-active Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s blasphemy case.

Meanwhile, 9.9 percent of respondents said they had no interest in the controversies surrounding the Jakarta election. (mrc/ebf)