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U.S. News & World Report features IRI Indonesia Poll

February 20, 2009
Indonesians Think Country Is Headed in Right Direction

While most Indonesians believe that their country is headed in the right direction, few are satisfied with the performance of their national and local legislatures, according to a survey conducted for the International Republican Institute. The survey by the Washington-based group dedicated to advancing democracy was conducted January 12-22 and polled 2,189 adult men and women from across Indonesia. It finds that 64 percent believe the country is headed in the right direction but only one third expressed satisfaction with the legislatures. Other results show that a majority of voters would favor political party reforms such as disclosure of finances, 87 percent say they will vote in legislative elections in April, and high prices of necessities are viewed as the most important issue, followed by poverty, unemployment, and education.