A new survey by Jakarta-based pollster the United Data
Center (PDB) has found that Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is the
potential candidate to beat in the 2014 presidential election.
PDB researcher Agus Herta Sumarto said
that the electability rating of Jokowi now stood at 36 percent, ahead of his
strongest rival Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Lt. Gen. (ret)
Prabowo Subianto, with 6.6 percent.
In the PDB’s earlier survey conducted in
January 2013, Jokowi’s electability rating was only 1 percent higher than that
“If a presidential election were to take
place today, Jokowi would be the clear winner,” Agus said.
The PDB interviewed more than 500
individuals for the survey in the country’s 10 major cities between Sept. 21
and Sept. 24. The survey also found that none of prospective presidential
candidates who were now contesting the Democratic Party convention could
compete with Jokowi.
“Even the convention’s most popular
candidate Dahlan Iskan is way behind Jokowi,” Agus said, adding that the
electability rating for Dahlan was 5 percent.