Islamic Parties Influence Shrinking (according to survey)

Jakarta Globe writes:

A survey released on Tuesday shows that Islamic political parties in Indonesia are losing popularity, attributing the decline to Indonesia’s increasing draw toward political moderates.

The National Survey Institute (LSN) found this month that only 15 percent of respondents (out of a total of 1,230) chose the four “big” Islamic parties, including the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), National Mandate Party (PAN), United Development Party (PPP) and National Awakening Party (PKB).

This figure represents a sharp decline from the 2009 elections, where the same parties drew 29 percent of the total vote.

PKB Chairman Marwan Jafar attributed the dwindling popularity to “transactional politics.” Indonesian politicians, in other words, no longer believe in ideology, but money.

“Transactional politics has destroyed everything,” he said on Wednesday. “But we’re optimistic that Islamic parties are still strong.”