An opinion poll has allayed fears that Indonesia's fundamentalist Muslim groups are a growing political force. It found both devout and moderate Muslims would vote along non-religious lines in next year's presidential and national assembly elections. The results suggest that the race is likely to be dominated by the secular rivals of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle and the Golkar party; and that radical Islamic parties will fail to garner much support. 'The survey shows that religion is not a very important factor for Indonesian Muslims when they are choosing a party,' said Saiful Mujani, head researcher at the Indonesian Survey Institute, which conducted the poll. The survey's 2,240 respondents, taken from across the country, were classified as being either devoutly following Islam or only moderately. In each group, 51 per cent said they would vote for secular nationalist parties over Muslim ones in next year's elections. Parties lobbying for Islamic or sharia law gained only 14 per cent support from each group. Five Muslim parties of both moderate and radical stripe gained less than a fifth of the seats in the 500 seat national assembly at the last elections in 1999. 'We have done these surveys since 2001 - there has been no increase in the tendency to choose Muslim parties,' Mr Saiful said. The survey undercuts a growing international perception that radical Islam is growing in the nation. Analysts say Muslim parties have failed to gain support partly because of their poor leadership and lack of credibility. But Riza Sihbudi, an Indonesian Institute of Sciences' expert on Muslim militant groups, said there was little difference between the religious and secular parties. 'Both are sleazy,' he said.