Democratic Party Staying Calm Despite Dwindling Popularity
Although a survey published on Sunday shows a dramatic plunge in the popularity of the Democratic Party, members say they are remaining calm, and have a strategy to overcome plummeting public opinion.
Andi Nurpatti, the Democratic Party’s communication division head, dismissed on Sunday the less than favorable results of the survey. “We have to wait for the election results,” Andi said.
Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) released a poll on Monday that described a nine percent decline in the opinion of the Democratic Party. In Jan. 2011, 20 percent of respondents said they would vote for the party — that number fell to just 11 percent in June.
The survey, conducted in June, sampled 1200 respondents across the nation.
When asked who they would vote for if the election was held today, 20 percent of the respondents said they would choose Golkar, followed by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.
The survey results also suggested that the declining popularity was in part due to the fact that the party has not yet decided on its presidential candidate. But Andi said the Democrats had “candidates up their sleeve.” Andi pointed out that in 2004, poll results were not favorable toward Susilo Bambang Yudyhono, even though he ultimately won the presidency.
Achmad Mubarok, a senior member of the Democratic Party, said the result was to be expected, as the respondents might be influenced with the SEA Games Athlete’s Village and Hambalang sport center graft cases.
“We can not fight the storm, so let if flow — there will be an end,” Achmad said.