The Jakarta Post ,
The majority of Indonesian people would prefer the younger generation survive until the next round of general elections and emerge as leaders, a survey shows.

The survey, carried out by the Information Research Institute throughout the archipelago, says that approximately 58 percent of the respondents demand fresh blood.

“It means that the people’s interest in young leaders is very high,” said the institute’s chairman, Johan O Silalahi, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Johan further explained that the survey also revealed that the
majority of the respondents favored chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly, Hidayat Nur Wahid, as the most favored young leader.

Hidayat leads in the survey with 41.8 percent of the total respondents, followed by Rizal Mallarangeng with 13.6 percent and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati with 9.8 percent.

Other familiar names in the survey include Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle secretary general Pramono Anung with 4.9 percent, Prosperous Justice Party president Tifatul Sembiring with 1.9 percent, University of Indonesia chancellor Gumilar R. Soemantri with 1.4 percent and political activist Fadjroel Rachman.

The survey was carried out through face-to-face interviews, using a multi-stage cluster from 2.400 respondent aged 17 and above, with the proportion of urban and rural representatives at 44 and 56 percent. (ast)