Trump is deeply disliked in Indonesia because of his anti-Muslim rhetoric

8 November 2016

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Just 10 per cent of 500 Indonesians polled in the survey commissioned by the South China Morning Post said they wanted Trump to win the election – a stark contrast from the popularity incumbent President Barack Obama, who spent four years of his youth in Indonesia, enjoys in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Support for Clinton in Indonesia (90 per cent; respondents had to pick one or the other for this part of the survey) was second only to South Korea, where 93 per cent were rooting for her to win. Observers said Trump’s sweeping comments linking all Muslims with terrorism had significantly affected Indonesians’ perception of him.

In December, following a mass shooting linked to Islamic State (IS) in San Bernardino, California, Trump called for a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants to the United States.

“It should not be surprising that in the world’s largest majority-Muslim nation, rejection of Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is higher than in other nations,” said Marcus Mietzner, an expert on Indonesian politics at the Australian National University. “The only surprising thing is that the numbers aren’t even higher,” he added.

Read the full article Trump is deeply disliked in Indonesia because of his anti-Muslim rhetoric in Business Insider.

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