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Pandemic blunders fail to dent Jokowi’s popularity

  • Budi Sutrisno and Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, February 24, 2021   /  05:06 pm
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This handout photo taken and released on January 13, 2021 by the Presidential Palace shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) receiving the country's first Covid-19 vaccine jab.(The Jakarta Post/Presidential Palace)

When Indonesia surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases on Jan. 27, painting a bleak picture of how the nation of 270 million people handled the deadly pandemic, nearly 70 percent of Indonesians said they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s performance, according to recent polling data. President Jokowi has had relatively stable approval ratings despite a slew of controversial policies taken by his administration since the beginning of the global health crisis, a feat that analysts say could be attributed to persistent political polarization, the absence of a strong and effective opposition and the media’s failure to challenge the government’s narrative on the pandemic situation in the country. His approval ratings did fall from 71.8 percent in September 2019 to 65.2 percent in July 2020, about f...