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update: Survey Says Golkar Party Now the Most Popular, but Not Ical  Tapol
 Oct 23, 2012 09:39 PDT 

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update: Survey Says Golkar Party Now the Most Popular, but Not Ical

October 22, 2012

The Jakarta Globe
by Ezra Sihite

A survey released on Sunday showed Golkar Party back on top of the
popularity list, a position it lost following the fall of the Suharto
regime. However, it hasn't rubbed off on the party's presidential
candidate.

According to survey conducted by Political Weather Station, the public
still doesn't really know Aburizal Bakrie, the party chairman and
tycoon that has declared himself its presidential candidate for the
2014 elections. The party's former chairman, former Vice President
Jusuf Kalla, now the chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Organization
(PMI), came out as the most popular presidential candidate from Golkar
with 22.14 percent.

Aburizal only got 16.35 percent, followed by Priyo Budi Santoso, Akbar
Tanjung, Fadel Muhammad and Agung Laksono.

“Golkar being chosen [as the most popular party] does not
automatically translate to the electability and popularity of the
Golkar chairman and presidential candidate Aburizal Bakrie,”
Political Weather Station research director Marseder Marbun said on
Sunday, as quoted by Kompas.com.

Golkar politician Zainal Bintang said that Aburizal, known also as
Ical, has been touting outdated programs.

“Ical's move to conduct dialogues with market vendors has no
significant benefits,” Zainal said. “It's a redundant program and
also done by candidates from other political parties. It's just a
waste of time, budget and effort.”

He said that Aburizal's unpopularity could be a problem in the
upcoming election.

“His position far below JK [Jusuf Kalla] could create a big problem
for Golkar because Golkar has declared Ical [as its presidential
candidate],” Zainal said, adding that Kalla remained popular because
he was considered to have been a good vice president by the public.

Zainal said Ical should evaluate his campaign team's performance and
should think twice before going further with his candidacy.

“Ical should think again and should not force himself [to contest
the 2014 election],” he said.

The survey questioned 1,070 respondents across Indonesia's 33
provinces between Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, 2012, with a reliability of 95
percent.

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