Surveys say Jokowi more
favorable in runoff

Recent surveys have forecast Jakarta gubernatorial candidate pair Joko Widodo and Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to be a more favorable choice over competitors, Fauzi Bowo and Nachrowi Ramli, in the election runoff on Sept. 20.

A survey released by the Indonesian Network Elections Survey on Friday reported that Surakarta Mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would gather 72.48 percent of the total vote in the runoff, leaving his rival, incumbent Jakarta Governor Fauzi “Foke” Bowo, with only 27.52 percent.

The survey was conducted from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9 and involved 10,000 Jakarta residents from a variety of backgrounds as its respondents.

“The margin of error in the survey is about 2.5 percent,” said the pollster executive director, Tri Sasono, as reported by Antara news agency.

INES, a newly established pollster, had previously predicted that Jokowi would win the first round of the elections, a different result from other pollsters that predicted Fauzi’s major victory.

The official result from the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPUD) named Jokowi and his running mate Basuki as the frontrunners of the election’s first round by securing 42.60 percent of the vote. Fauzi finished second with 34.05 percent.

Another runoff survey, released on Thursday by Kompas daily, reported that 38 percent of its respondents said that Jokowi was better than Fauzi. The other 22 percent of respondents favored Fauzi, who now has the support of numerous political parties.

However, the survey said that Fauzi was more popular among Jakartans. (riz)

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