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Jakartans want Jokowi to
stay: Survey

A new public opinion poll has found the majority of Jakartans are not in favor of Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s presidential nomination.

The Jakarta-based National Survey Institute (LSN) found that 72.2 percent of respondents disapproved of Jokowi’s running in the 2014 presidential election.

The LSN interviewed 790 respondents between Jan. 10 and 24 in Jakarta’s five municipalities and regencies for the survey.

LSN senior researcher Gema Nusantara said the majority of respondents wanted Jokowi to remain in Jakarta as governor and tackle the capital’s multiple problems.

“More than 32 percent of the respondents said they wanted Jokowi to prove himself here until his first term expires in 2017,” Gema said.

The survey also found that most Jakartans were dissatisfied with Jokowi’s performance so far.

In October 2013, the LSN reported that most Jakartans were satisfied with the job the governor was doing in tackling flooding and traffic congestion.

His job-approval rating dropped in the latest survey, however.

On the issue of flooding, three months ago, 59.7 percent of Jakarta’s residents said they were satisfied with Jokowi’s performance but now, that figure had dropped to only 24.8 percent. Regarding traffic jams, 52.7 percent of Jakartans surveyed three months ago approved the governor’s approach in City Hall but currently, just 34.6 percent of people were satisfied, according to the LSN.

Numerous public opinion surveys have predicted that Jokowi would win the presidential election if it were to take place today.

Last week, a survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found that if the presidential election were to take place today, Jokowi would receive between 22.3 and 35.6 percent of the vote, as opposed to Prabowo Subianto, who would garner between 12.6 and 19.7 percent.

The survey estimated the higher number of votes gained by both Jokowi and Prabowo could only materialize if undecided voters — who account for 30 percent of the electorate — made up their minds.

The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) predicted in December last year that 34.7 percent of respondents would vote for Jokowi if an election had taken place then.

Jokowi’s candidacy, however, rests solely with Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.

So far, Megawati has been reluctant to comment on the party’s presidential nomination.

She has only said the party’s presidential candidate will be announced after the legislative election, which is set to take place on April 9.

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