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Megawati overtakes SBY as front runner: Survey

  • Abdul Khalik

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 30 2008   /  10:50 am

A new survey suggests former president Megawati Soekarnoputri would win an election if it were held today, thanks to the government's decision to raise fuel prices. The survey, conducted by Indo Barometer 10 days after the fuel prices went up, found 30.4 percent of respondents would vote for Megawati for president compared to only 20.7 percent for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The survey -- conducted among 1,200 respondents in 33 provinces -- indicated a sharp decline in Yudhoyono's popularity. A similar survey in May last year showed Yudhoyono still far ahead of Megawati, with 35.3 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him as opposed to 22.6 for the former president. A survey last December showed Yudhoyono still ahead, at 38.1 percent to Megawati's 27.4 percent. "Yudhoyono's decision to increase fuel prices and his administration's fa...