Ahok Enjoys Comfortable Gap in Electability Poll


JUNE 20, 2016

Jakarta. Incumbent Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is enjoying a comfortable gap in popularity against 17 other contenders in next year's Jakarta gubernatorial election, according to an electability survey released by Manilka Research and Consulting on Sunday (19/06).

The survey — which involved 400 Jakarta respondents — suggests Ahok is the most electable governor candidate so far with 49.3 percent of the respondents saying they would vote for him next year, Manilka Managing Director Herzaki Mahendra Purta said.

Ahok's closest contender is Bandung mayor Ridwan Kamil — who had stated he will not contest the election — with 6.8 percent of support, followed by former Justice Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra (also with 6.8 percent of support), popular TV cleric Yusuf Mansyur (6.5 percent) and Surabaya mayor Tri Rismaharini (6 percent).

Other contenders include Jakarta Council deputy speaker Abraham “Lulung” Lunggana (3.3 percent), businessman Sandiaga Uno (2.5 percent), former minister Adhyaksa Dault (0.8 percent) and former military chief Moeldoko (0.5 percent).

Current deputy governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat also lags far behind Ahok with 0.5 percent of support, followed by former Jakarta Military Chief Sjafrie Sjamsoedin of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) and Agus Harimurti (the son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono) of the Democratic Party, both with 0.3 percent of support.