Nearly 70% satisfied with Indonesia’s Jokowi: poll
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 ...