Jakarta. Jakartans are "fairly satisfied" with the performance of their governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, a new poll shows. If the poll numbers are right, this may improve Ahok's chance for re-election, after it took a battering in the blasphemy scandal.
The poll comes just three months before the Jakarta election, in which the incumbent faces stiff competition from Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Anies Baswedan.
59 percent of Jakarta residents said in December they are "fairly satisfied" with Basuki's work while in office, up just one percent from 58 percent in November, according to an Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) poll conducted between Dec. 3 and 11.
"The current Jakarta administration is seen as relatively clean. The public are happy with the state of healthcare and education services in the capital, and also with its infrastructure development," LSI director Kuskridho Ambardi said on Thursday (15/12).
"This indicates higher public approval for the incumbent's re-election bid," he said. The survey involved 800 respondents and reportedly has a 3.5 percent margin of error.
The survey shows Ahok leading the governor race with an approval rating of 31.8 percent, followed by Agus with 26.5 percent and Anies at 23.9 percent.