The State Palace is confident that public faith will be restored in the administration of President Joko Widodo. (AFP Photo/Adek Berry)

State Palace Confident Public Support Will Bounce Back After Damaging Survey Result


OCTOBER 09, 2015

Jakarta. The government's satisfaction rating among Indonesians will bounce back as the currency improves and the haze crisis resolves, the state palace predicted on Friday.

Prominent pollster Indo Barometer on Thursday published a survey, conducted between Sept. 14 and 22, found that 54 percent of 1,200 respondents in 34 provinces were dissatisfied with the administration led by President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

The level of support dropped 11.5 percent from six months earlier, largely due to rising food prices and slowing economic growth.

The survey group also cited the weakened rupiah and higher fuel prices as hampering public sentiment towards the government.

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said the survey only reflected the public's feedback in the third week of September when the country was facing major issues in the economy and environment.

"If the survey had been conducted now, I'm sure most of the public would say they are satisfied with the government of Jokowi," said Pramono in Jakarta on Friday.

The rupiah appreciated almost 7.4 percent against the dollar this week, as it strengthened to its highest point since June at 13,521 on Friday's close, according to data from the central bank.

The reaction came after minutes of a Federal Reserve meeting calmed concerns of an imminent US interest rate hike.

Meanwhile, Indonesia on Thursday accepted an offer of assistance from six countries to boost efforts in extinguishing forest fires raging in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Pramono said the government would not be affected by the survey, but ensured the president constantly evaluates his ministers' performances.

Indo Barometer said they practiced a multistage random sampling in interviewing respondents for the survey which has a margin error of 3 percent.