The vast majority of Indonesians are opposed to the idea of establishing an Islamic caliphate as it would threaten national unity, according to a survey conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting.
Some 79.3 percent of 1,500 respondents nationwide rejected the idea of establishing an Islamic state proposed by several extremist organizations such as Hizbuth Tahrir Indonesia, according to the poll released June 4.
The government is currently seeking court approval to disband the hard-line pro-Islamic group.
The survey, conducted from May 14-20 comes amid what many observers believe is growing religious intolerance in the secular country. However it also showed that 9.2 percent of respondents wanted an Islamic caliphate, while, about 11percent did not express an opinion.
Hargo Mandirahardjo, chairman of the Association of Catholic Graduates and Intellectuals in Indonesia, said the poll affirmed that many Indonesian people had faith in the country’s secular constitution.
“We cannot bargain, we just need to maintain and protect it,” he told ucanews.com.