2nd Presidential Debate Affected Swing Voters, says SMRC Research

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  • Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo (L) shakes hands with his opponent Prabowo Subianto after the second debate between presidential candidates ahead of the next general election in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    Indonesia's presidential candidate Joko Widodo (L) shakes hands with his opponent Prabowo Subianto after the second debate between presidential candidates ahead of the next general election in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 17, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) Executive Director Djayadi Hanan deemed Sunday’s second presidential debate between incumbent Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto had an effect toward voters, especially the swing voters or undecided voters.

    “It can potentially affect voters’ decision once the viewers see a clear winner in the presidential debate,” said Djayadi when Tempo reached him yesterday.

    He argues that the swing voters will mainly be encouraged to vote based on the candidates’ programs or ideas mentioned during the debate. Djayadi claims that this voter demographic would only decide after being informed of a candidate’s programs.

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    Both Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto performed better than their first appearance, “The debate yesterday was pretty contrast [to the first debate] in terms of offering concrete ideas and programs,” he said.

    The second presidential debate took place on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at Hotel Sultan that lasted 90 minutes. The debate mainly discussed a wide range of issues from natural resources, energy and food security, environmental issues, and infrastructure.

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