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Most Indonesians are opposed to Islamic State, Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia: Survey

Jakarta Globe - June 5, 2017

Jakarta The majority of Indonesians oppose the Islamic State movement and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI the local chapter of an international Muslim organization seeking to establish a theocratic state comprising all Muslim countries a national survey conducted by the Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting, or SMRC, revealed.

"Our survey has shown that nine out of 10 [or 89.3 percent of] Indonesians believe that IS a threat to Indonesia, and 92.9 percent said that IS should be expelled from the country," SMRC chairman Saiful Mujani said on Sunday (04/06), as quoted by BeritaSatu.com.

According to Saiful, the survey also revealed that many Indonesians are opposed to HTI's presence in the country.

From the 28.2 percent of respondents who had heard of HTI, 68.6 percent of them opposed the organization's missions. From the 75.4 percent of respondents aware of the government's move to ban the organization, 78.4 percent supported the decision.

The survey also attempted to understand what influenced the public's attitude towards IS and HTI. According to the survey, the respondent's said that their resistance to IS was mostly due to their sense of nationalism.

Respondent's said that political, legal and economic instability and tension were reasons that likely led people to having a more favorable attitude towards HTI.

"So if the public's [attitude is reflective of] the attitude of the majority, then IS, HTI and the likes are Indonesia's public enemy," Saiful said.

Asked about how proud they were to be an Indonesian citizen, 62.5 percent respondents said that they were very proud to be an Indonesian citizen and 36.5 percent said that they were somewhat proud. Those who said they were less than proud, or not proud to be an Indonesian, was 0.5 percent.

The survey also revealed that 9.2 percent of Indonesians think that the current system should be replaced by an Islamic caliphate. But 79.3 percent of respondents said that the current democratic system of government is what is best for Indonesia and the remaining 11.5 percent of respondents claimed not to know or chose not to answer.

The poll surveyed 1,500 respondents, who were randomly selected from across the country. SMRC said the results have a 2.7 percent margin of error and a trust level of 95 percent.

Source: http://jakartaglobe.id/news/most-indonesians-are-opposed-to-islamic-state-and-hizbut-tahrir-indonesia-survey/.

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