A poll released on 9 July shows the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ahead of the Golkar Party by more than 11 percent. The survey found 23.8 percent of 1,200 respondents would vote for the PDI-P, with only 12 percent supporting Golkar and 9.6 percent backing the Democratic Party of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
However, about 29.4 percent of the respondents were undecided.
Conducted by pollster Indo Barometer in 33 provinces between June 5 and 16, the polls. indicated a sharp and persistent decline in the popularity of Golkar, which won the 2004 elections with 21.5 percent of the vote, while the PDI-P, chaired by former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, won 18.5 percent.
The survey Golkar, which is led by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, is the country's largest political party and was the mainstay for former president Suharto. A similar survey undertaken in May last year showed Golkar was trailing the PDI-P by only 1 percent.
More than two-thirds of respondents said they believed the PDI-P cared about and was in touch with the people, whereas only 20 percent had a similar view of Golkar. About 28 percent of the respondents perceived the PDI-P as honest and free from corruption -- whereas only 5.4 percent said the same of Golkar.
Source; Jakarta Post 10 July 08, Poll deals new blow to Golkar