Crushed By the Coattail Effect
SEVERAL political parties are prioritizing the legislative election over the presidential one out of fear that they may not make it to parliament.
The parties feel they have not enjoyed the coattail effect as their cadres are not running as a presidential or vice-presidential candidate. The “coattail effect,” a term popularized in the United States’ presidential elections, refers to a presidential candidate’s electoral effect on its supporting party.
Several survey institutions have shown that only the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra...