Party electability rising, Gerindra: “We are not complacent”

Gerindra Party’s Executive Chairman, Sufmi Dasco Ahmad. (Photo: Rayi Gigih/IO)

“Survey agency Indikator Politik Indonesia has released the results of its latest survey on party electability. The Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party was recorded as the party with the highest level of electability. “Gerindra Party’s electability surged, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) remains stagnant, Democrat and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) also tended to go up, with Gerindra enjoying the steepest rise,” said Indikator Politik Indonesia’s Executive Director, Burhanuddin Muhtadi, in his report of the agency’s latest survey, “Politics, Democracy, and Regional Elections during the Pandemic Era” on Saturday (25/10/2020).

Burhanuddin further reported that Gerindra Party’s electability rise can be attributed to the Party playing two ards: “One part comes from intensive devotion to the Government, but the other part comes from good maintenance of critical figures who took care of the “old” Gerindra, such as Fadli Zon and Andre,” he said.

When compared with Indikator’s latest survey in July, Gerindra Party electability went up from 17.7% to 21.1%. PKS electability went up from 4.4% up to 5.9%, while PDIP’s went down from 26.3% to 25.2%. Functional Groups (Golkar)’ electability went down from 8.3% to 6.7%, while that of the National Democrat (NasDem) went down from 4.5% to 3.1%. However, PDIP remains the most electable party at 25.2%, followed by Gerindra (21.1%) and Golkar (6.7%). The electability of other parties also changed: National Awakening Party (PKB) went down from 5.0% to 4.1%, United Development Party

(PPP) went down from 1.7% to 0.6% and the People’s Conscience (Hanura) Party went down from 0.5% to 0.4%, PAN went down from 2% to 1.1%. On the other side of the scale, Democrat party electability went up from 5.7% to  5.9%,  the  Indonesian  Solidarity Party (PSI) went up from 0.1% to 0.3%, Indonesian Unity Party (Perindo) went up from 0.3% to 1%, Garuda party went up from 0.0% to 0.1%, and Working (Berkarya) Party went up from 0.1% to 0.8%.

Indikator’s survey was held on 24 to 30 September 2020 by phone, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic. They used a simple random sampling method for selecting 1,200 respondents randomly according to the data from direct interviews in previous surveys from March 2018 to March 2020. Its margin of error is about 12.9% with a reliability level of 95%. Samples were taken from all provinces in Indonesia and distributed proportionally.

Gerindra  Party’s  Executive Chairman,  Sufmi  Dasco  Ahmad, stated  that  the  Party  will  not  be complacent simply because their electability rose dramatically. “We will not be arrogant and complacent just because a survey shows that our electability happens to rise dramatically,” he said to the Press on Saturday (25/10/2020). “It is said that Gerindra lost votes when we decided to join the Government’s coalition. However, this result is proof that we remain solid in our effort to maintain votes across the country.” “No matter what, it is thanks to the hard work of all the Party’s cadres, especially at the lowest levels – the branches, sub-branches, and district Party levels. Party Branch Leadership Councils (Dewan Pimpinan Cabang – “DPC”) have been working hard to implement the directive of Gerindra’s Central Leadership Council (Dewan Pimpinan Pusat – “DPP”) to consolidate ourselves after the Legislative and Presidential Elections, to defend ourselves against rumors that Gerindra will lose many votes when it enters a coalition with the Government,” he said.” “Maintaining party electability is far from being easy, let alone increasing it. “The DPP’s strategies worked and we will continue to improve. This is what we emphasize to the branches at grassroots level, to work hard to maintain our constituents, implement the Party’s directives, and maintain the unity and solidity of our organization’s internal structure. Alhamdulillah, Praised Be to Allah, we reaped the fruits of our labors. However, we do not become complacent. We continue to be alert, to work hard to maintain our existing voting bases and constituents,” he said. (Dan)