Thursday, 12 December 2019

Jokowi's Electability Unhurt by Romy PPP Graft Case: Survey

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  • Former PPP chairman Romahurmuziy alias Romy at the KPK building in Jakarta, Friday, March 22, 2019. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    Former PPP chairman Romahurmuziy alias Romy at the KPK building in Jakarta, Friday, March 22, 2019. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Executive Director of pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia, Burhanuddin Muhtadi, claims Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s presidential election electability is not affected by the graft case of United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy (Romy).

    “In regards of the PPP chairman graft case, it seems that it has not significantly affected Jokowi. Maybe because a dissociation factor where the PPP chairman is not in direct communication with the incumbent presidential candidate,” said Burhanuddin in presenting his survey at the organization’s headquarters on Wednesday.

    Romahurmuziy (Romy PPP) was recently apprehended by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in one of its notorious sting operations (OTT) at the Religious Affairs Ministry headquarters. PPP is one of many coalition parties that back Jokowi’s presidential candidacy.

    According to one of its surveys on March 2019, the electability of Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin is 55.4 percent over Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno’s 37.4 percent. However, Burhanuddin reminded that it does not definitively place Jokowi in a safe spot considering the existence of swing voters that might change the current condition.

    Indikator Politik Indonesia saw 11.3 percent of swing voters could affect Jokowi’s electability while there are 12.8 percent possible swing voters on Prabowo Subianto’s side. The pollster’s survey has a 2.9 percent margin of error with a 95 percent level of confidence from multistage random sampling on 1,220 respondents.

    IQBAL TAWAKAL LAZUARDI (CONTRIBUTOR)