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Jakarta election has not fundamentally altered national political map: Survey

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 8, 2017   /   10:53 pm
Jakarta election has not fundamentally altered national political map: Survey Presumptive governor-elect Anies Baswedan (second left) and his running mate Sandiaga Uno (second right) talk to the press after quick count results pointed to a victory for the pair during the runoff election on April 19. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

A survey released on Thursday suggests that the Jakarta gubernatorial election has not significantly altered the national political map ahead of the 2019 presidential and legislative elections.

The survey, commissioned by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting, reveals that a majority of Indonesians still favor President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), even though former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama – the PDI-P’s gubernatorial candidate and Jokowi’s close ally – lost in the April 19 runoff election.

The research found 53.7 percent of 1,350 respondents supported Jokowi for the 2019 election in a head-to-head match-up against Gerindra Party patron Prabowo Subianto, who only received 17.2 percent of support.

The PDI-P still leads with 21.7 percent support, while the Gerindra Party, whose gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan won the Jakarta gubernatorial seat, trails in second place with 9.3 percent. Both parties’ electability increased by 4 percent in the last five to six months.

“Despite losing the election, the PDI-P’s electability has not dropped and has even increased. Gerindra’s electability increased at the same rate as the PDI-P’s. If indeed the Jakarta election radically affected the nation’s political landscape, Gerindra’s electability should have exceeded the PDI-P’s electability by now,” SMRC executive director Djayadi Hanan said.

He said the stable position of Jokowi and the PDI-P was due to a relatively stable and positive assessment given by the respondents in relation to the country’s economic, political, legal and security condition. Some 57 percent of respondents say the economic condition at the national level is positive. (ebf)