Nearly 70% sat­is­fied with In­done­sia’s Jokowi: poll

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

THE ad­min­is­tra­tion of In­done­sia’s Pres­i­dent Joko “Jokowi” Wi­dodo con­tin­ues to en­joy strong pub­lic sup­port de­spite a cam­paign of neg­a­tive pro­pa­ganda and false ru­mours by his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents, with nearly 70 per­cent sat­is­fac­tion with how the coun­try is be­ing run, a sur­vey re­cently showed.

The level of pub­lic sat­is­fac­tion with the govern­ment of Jokowi, three years into of­fice, stood at 68.3pc in 2017, up 1.8 per­cent­age points from the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey by the Cen­tre for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, an In­done­sian think tank, re­leased be­fore mid­night Mon­day.

The sur­vey was based on face-to­face in­ter­views of 1000 peo­ple con­ducted from Au­gust 23-30 in the coun­try’s 34 prov­inces.

Asked about the govern­ment’s per­for­mance in dif­fer­ent sec­tors in­clud­ing mar­itime and eco­nomic sys­tems, pub­lic sat­is­fac­tion with the mar­itime in­dus­try was the high­est at 75.5pc, up from 63.9pc a year ear­lier.

The study also showed Jokowi’s electabil­ity rose sharply by 9pc, in con­trast with that of his main ri­val, 2014 pres­i­den­tial run­ner-up Prabowo Su­bianto, whose cor­re­spond­ing fig­ure re­mained stag­nant.

Prior to the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, black cam­paigns against Jokowi have been launched by his po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents to pre­vent him from be­ing re-elected, with ru­mours be­ing spread such as that he used to be a Catholic and that his fa­ther was a com­mu­nist Chi­nese na­tional.

Re­li­gion and com­mu­nism are com­monly used as is­sues by op­pos­ing sides in In­done­sian gen­eral and re­gional elec­tions and in some cases, have proven ef­fec­tive in de­feat­ing pre­vi­ously pow­er­ful po­lit­i­cal con­tenders.

The sur­vey also said 58.4pc of the re­spon­dents in the pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­try can only ac­cept a Mus­lim leader, while 39.1pc said they can be open to a leader from a dif­fer­ent re­li­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to the study, 85.2pc of those sur­veyed showed their sup­port for the cur­rent govern­ment, while only 13pc said they did not back the govern­ment.

Look­ing ahead, around 89.2pc said they were op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture of In­done­sia, while 9.2pc ex­pressed pes­simism.

The study also showed Jokowi’s electabil­ity rose sharply by 9pc, in con­trast with that of his main ri­val ...

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