BINTANGNEWS.com – A survey by Public Opinion and Policy Research (Populi Center) revealed on Thursday that 42.5 percent of Muslim respondents vote for Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat.
The survey was conducted from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 and involved 600 respondents.
The result shows that 25.3 percent of Muslim respondents plan to vote for Anies Baswedan-Sandiaga Uno and 16.8 percent for Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono-Sylviana Murni.
Ali Munhanif, a senior researcher with the Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM), said playing the “SARA card” would not likely sway voters. For some time, certain national figures have tried to exploit SARA issues against Ahok. However, these sectarian skirmishes have not delivered any significant results.
"Attempts to use religious issues don’t really deliver any impact. There are still a lot of Muslims who want to vote for Ahok," Ali said.***
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Editing: T. Bintang