Monday, 18 June, 2012 | 15:23 WIB
Golkar Could Win 2014 Elections
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The latest survey conducted by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) must have made the Golkar Party pretty satisfied. Based on the survey carried out from June 2 to 11, 2012, Golkar ranked first with 20.9 percent support, followed by the Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle (PDIP) at second with 14 percent, and the Democrat Party at 11.3 percent.
"For the first time, Golkar managed to go beyond 20 percent. If [Golkar] is able to retain this trend, it has the potential of winning the 2014 general elections," said Adjie Alfaraby, an LSI researcher, at a press conference at LSI office, Rawamangun, East Jakarta, Sunday, June 17, 2012
Meanwhile, such middle-level parties as PAN (National Mandate Party), PKS (Just Prosperous Party), Gerindra (Greater Indonesia Party) and Hanura (People's Conscience Party) were still at the middle level with support of less than 5 percent. "The new party, National Demcorats (NasDem), still ranks below 5 percent," said Adjie.
According to Adjie, the ever increasing support for Golkar is caused by the fact that this party has long since started concrete programs for the general public, such as aid for small businesses and approached the majority of voters by paying special attention to Javanese culture. "If this can be maintained, and Golkar can continue to stay away from political blunders, this party is potentially capable of winning [the general elections]," he said.
Adjie attributed the ever plummeting support for the Democrats to its elite squabbling and being held hostage by high-profile graft scandals involving top Democrat officials. "Unless this party takes up a stance over the cases, the Demorats will probably become a middle-level party in 2014 with support less than 10 percent," he said.
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