The Jakarta Post
Online media monitoring firm Katapedia found that the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) presidential candidate Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has been the most popular candidate on social media in the week-long period prior to the July 9 presidential poll.
'Our research on Twitter users has found that in the last ten days, Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla are the most talked about ticket, with 770,491 tweets,' Katapedia director Deddy Rahman said as quoted by Antara news agency.
The Gerindra Party's candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa were discussed 709,294 times.
Deddy said that the figures translated into 52.7 percent support for the Jokowi-Kalla ticket and 47.93 percent for the Prabowo-Hatta pair.
Katapedia later compared its findings to those of international social media research firm, Topsy.
Topsy's research found that Jokowi garnered 59.6 percent of support on social media, while Prabowo got 40.4 percent. The findings were based on observations on Twitter over the last 30 days.
'Support on social media reflects the situation in the real world,' Deddy said.
He said that Jokowi's impressive performance on social media could augur well for his presidential bid, the way US President Barack Obama won the 2012 election after dominating social media.
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