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Many Indonesians think vote-buying 'acceptable': poll

Published on Dec 13, 2013 4:48 PM

JAKARTA (AFP) - More than 40 per cent of Indonesian voters consider politicians seeking to buy support at elections acceptable, a survey showed on Friday, months before national polls in the graft-ridden country.

In what it described as an "alarming" survey, Jakarta-based pollster Indikator found that 41.5 per cent of 15,600 people interviewed did not have a problem accepting cash or a gift from would-be lawmakers.

This compared to 57.9 per cent who thought vote-buying was unacceptable, according to the survey. A tiny fraction were undecided on the matter.

However, doling out money does not guarantee victory for a candidate, the poll showed - more than 55 per cent quizzed said they would accept the cash but not necessarily vote for the person giving it.

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