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Jokowi in lead less than month before election: CSIS poll

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 28, 2019   /   12:18 pm
Jokowi in lead less than month before election: CSIS poll Rematch: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo greets his rival, Prabowo Subianto, during a recent election debate. (The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando)

A poll released by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Thursday shows President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with a double-digit lead over Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, with less than a month to go until election day, April 17.

The survey, which polled 1,960 respondents between March 15 and 22, found that the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin ticket had an electability rating of 51.4 percent, while the Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno pair was at 33.3 percent, giving the president an 18.1-percentage-point lead.

The poll results were comparable to those recently released by Jakarta-based pollster Charta Politika and Kompas, which put Jokowi-Ma'ruf at 53.6 percent and 49.2 percent, respectively.

A survey conducted by Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) between Feb. 24 and March 5, found Jokowi's electability to be at 57.6 percent.

The CSIS poll also found that Jokowi had slightly edged Prabowo in West Java and Banten, in which the former general had won by significant margins in the 2014 elections. 

Prabowo, meanwhile, maintains a lead in Sumatra, where he had previously won four provinces. (swd)