Monday, 18 June, 2012 | 15:21 WIB
Democrat Party’s Image Takes a Nosedive
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:President Yudhoyono’s ruling Democrat Party received yet another terse reminder recently that only a miracle could rescue its image from being battered even further, going by results of the latest comprehensive survey issued by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI). The survey, conducted between June 2-11 of this year, showed a significant drop from results of an LSI survey conducted in January 2011.
"The Democrat Party image continues to experience a downward spiralling trend. This party is in danger of becoming a middle-level or second class party in the coming 2014 presidential elections," said Adjie Alfaraby, an LSI researcher at the LSI offices in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, Sunday, June 17, 2012.
In January 2011, the LSI recorded a 20.5 percent level of support for the Democrats. This percentage decreased to 15.5 percent by June 2011. The support rose again to 16.5 percent by October 2011, but it went down again to 13.7 in January of this year and finally – reaching a low 11.3 percent this June.
"The Democrat Party is now in the third rank. The drop in its ratings is caused by corruption cases that are holding the Democrats hostage. Top Democrat leaders were allegedly involved. There was also a public dissatisfaction with SBY's performance and leadership," he said.
On the contrary, Golkar showed an upward trend. This party managed to get the first rating with a 20.9 percent support by June 2012, up from the survey results of 18.9 percent in January 2012. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) ranked second with 14 percent support.
Adjie said the survey was conducted by means of multistage random sampling method and involved 1,200 respondents. The survey used a questionnaire with personal interviews. "The margin of error is 2.9 percent. The survey was also supplemented with a qualitative research," said Adjie.
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