Anti-Ahok sentiment helps ex-president’s son take the lead: Survey

  • Margareth S. Aritonang
    Margareth S. AritonangThe Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, January 17, 2017

Anti-Ahok sentiment helps ex-president's son take the lead: SurveyJakarta gubernatorial candidate Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (gesturing) speaks during a visit to The Jakarta Post on Dec. 28, 2016. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)

The former president’s son, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, and his running mate Sylviana Murni would have won the Jakarta gubernatorial election if it had been held recently, according to a new survey by Jakarta-based Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI).

The LSI survey showed that a majority of 36.7 percent of Jakartans would have voted for the Agus-Sylvi pair; 32.6 percent for the incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama-Djarot Syaiful Hidayat and only 21.4 percent for Anies Baswedan and his running mate Sandiaga Uno.

“The study shows that a second round would take place, as none of the two leading pairs, Agus-Sylvi and Ahok-Djarot, would manage to gather 50 percent of the votes,” LSI researcher Ardian Sopa told reporters on Tuesday, adding that it was clear that the Anies-Sandiaga pair would be eliminated in the first round.

Ardian said that the Agus-Sylvi pairing would still lead with 48.1 percent of votes, ahead of the Ahok-Djarot with 29.7 percent, if a second round of voting took place, adding that the current anti-Ahok sentiment, driven by religion, was one of the crucial factors of support for candidate duo Number 1.

LSI conducted the survey from Jan. 5-11, asking 880 respondents representing around 7 million eligible voters in Jakarta in face-to-face interviews. (dan)


2 replies

  1. And … of course – the fueling of religious tension has absolutely nothing to do with the previous President’s son wishing to be elected to the Governor of Jakarta’s position. Without being accused of it he has denied any involvement.

  2. but Bismarck – the German Statesman – said : “do not believe anything until it has been officially denied”.

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