More than half of all Indonesians want President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to be re-elected in the 2019 presidential election, according to a survey released on Wednesday (22/03).(Footage taken from BeritaSatu TV)

Most Indonesians Want Jokowi's Re-Election in 2019: Survey

BY :HOTMAN SIREGAR

MARCH 22, 2017

Jakarta. More than half of all Indonesians want President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to be re-elected in the 2019 presidential election, according to a survey released on Wednesday (22/03).

The survey, conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Indo Barometer, showed that 57.8 percent of respondents would vote for Jokowi, compared to 26.7 percent who said they would vote against his re-election. Another 15.5 percent declined to answer or were undecided.

Indo Barometer executive director Muhammad Qodari said most of the survey's respondents are satisfied with Jokowi's policies regarding infrastructure, health and education.

They are also satisfied with the government's efforts to combat religious intolerance, drug offences, terrorism and social injustice.

However, the survey also showed that satisfaction over economy, welfare, commodities, poverty, unemployment and eradication of corruption was less than 50 percent.

In an open inquiry scheme, 31.3 percent of respondents said they would like to see Jokowi remain the president, whereas 9.8 percent of respondents said they would prefer Prabowo Subianto, the losing presidential candidate in the 2014 election and current chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

Meanwhile, 8.3 percent claimed they would vote for Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama if he were to run in 2019.

Former education minister Anies Baswedan, Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini followed with 4.5 percent, 3.1 percent and 2.8 percent respectively.

Megawati Sukarnoputri, chairwoman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), won over only 2.7 percent of the survey's respondents, while Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo came in with 1.9 percent of respondents.

In a voting simulation with 18 candidates, Jokowi topped the survey with 45.6 percent, a significant lead ahead of Prabowo and Ahok, who scored 9.8 and 8.7 percent respectively.

"Jokowi was favored in the survey due to his closeness to the people, his administration's past performance and his work ethic. Meanwhile, Prabowo was associated with his firm and dignified demeanor, as well as with his military background," Qodari said.

In a head-to-head simulation, Jokowi led with a 50.2 percent favor rating ahead of Prabowo with only 28.8. The remaining 21 percent declined to answer or were undecided.

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