TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Based on its latest nation-wide poll, pollster Charta Politika suggests that the former Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo has a great chance of advancing himself for Vice Presidency.
There were four Indonesian provinces in Java Island that favored Gatot such as; Banten, West Java, Central Java, and East Java. The poll shows that people favor him in becoming the running-mate for incumbent Joko Widodo (Jokowi) or the opposition in Prabowo Subianto.
According to Charta Politika Executive Director Yunarto Wijaya, the poll conducted on 800 respondents in Banten favored Gatot Nurmantyo more than Anies Baswedan and Agus Harimurt Yudhoyono (AHY).
“When asked who would be most suitable to accompany Jokowi, 5.5 percent of respondents voted for Gatot Nurmantyo, 5.4 percent chose Anies Baswedan, and 3.8 percent chose AHY,” said Yunarto on Wednesday, June 6.
Muhaimin Iskandar who has officially offered himself to be Jokowi’s running mate only gained 3.3 percent votes. Meanwhile, Fishery and Maritime Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti gained 2.5 percent support despite not declaring herself to be a vice presidential candidate.
Furthermore, respondents in Banten also preferred Gatot Nurmantyo to be the vice presidential candidate to accompany Prabowo Subianto. The three remaining regions in West Java, Central Java, and East Java also mainly placed Gatot Nurmantyo as their preferred choice to become a Vice Presidential candidate in the upcoming 2019 election.
The poll on Gatot Nurmantyo was conducted on May 23 to May 29 through random interviews with a total of 4,400 respondents that live in the four regions of Java Island.