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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Prabowo gaining ground on Jokowi

Prabowo (right) and Jokowi attending the second round of presidential debates in Jakarta. — EPA

Prabowo (right) and Jokowi attending the second round of presidential debates in Jakarta. — EPA

JAKARTA: The electability of the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa pair has exceeded that of Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla, a survey commissioned by the Strategic Develop­ment and Policy Research Centre (Puskaptis) shows.

The survey put the electability of the Prabowo-Hatta pair at 44.64% and their rival ticket at 42.79%.

“Prabowo-Hatta has surpassed Jokowi-Jusuf by around 1.67%. This data shows that Prabowo-Hatta pair is experiencing a positive trend, with electability up by around 5.36%. Meanwhile, support for the Jokowi-Kalla ticket has started to stagnate and entered a negative phase or down by around 1.75%,” said Puskaptis director Husin Yazid in Jakarta, as quoted by Antara news agency.

From the results of the survey, which was conducted from June 6 to June 12, Prabowo-Hatta is leading in Bali, East Nusa Tenggara, Java, and Sumatra while Jokowi-Jusuf fare better in Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua-Maluku.

Prabowo leads in three regions, namely Banten, Central Java and East Java and Jokowi in Jakarta, Yogyakarta and West Java.

“We understand that Java has the highest number of voters, this is where the Prabowo-Hatta pair are gaining ground. Meanwhile, Jokowi-Jusuf in Java has declined or suffered a negative trend of 2.75%,” he said.

According to the survey, respondents chose Prabowo as they considered him to be as a brave leader, with a firm character and an authoritative bearing. He was also considered a hard worker with extensive experience.

Meanwhile, others preferred Jokowi for his simple, moderate, humble personality and closeness to the people. He is seen as a leader with a lot of achievements and has a clear mission and vision.

The survey involved 2,400 respondents in 115 regencies and municipalities across 33 provinces. The survey was conducted via a face-to-face interview with a sampling error of +/-1.8% and a trust level of 95%.

Meanwhile, both Jokowi and Prabowo put forth strong nationalistic views during their second televised debate, showing similarities in vision but differences in approach.

They seemed better prepared in their statements this time around, spent most of their time talking about the “people’s economy”.

Like in the first debate, Prabowo tended to be macro and general in his answers, while Jokowi’s remarks were more micro and backed with real-world examples.

Prabowo’s main point was on the “leakage” of Indonesia’s assets, which his team had calculated to total more than 1 quadrillion rupiah (RM272.7bil), that could be saved to bolster economic growth and people’s prosperity.

He also blamed foreign investors for pillaging Indonesia’s resources.

“Don’t let foreign investment take away the prosperity of the Indonesian people.

“We must ensure that any foreign investor will cooperate with the government in order to strengthen the economy.”

While welcoming the advent of the Asean Economic Community in 2015, Jokowi also played to nationalistic sentiment by declaring his intention to put restriction in place to limit the inflow of foreign businesses.

“The authority should set up barriers to avert massive expansion of overseas business here. Why, because local firms also face similar barriers to expand overseas. So, it is necessary to apply a reciprocity principle,” he said.

Jokowi also said that under his administration, the economy could grow above 7%, mostly by cutting red tape and providing incentives for export-oriented industry.

While the debate was mostly formal in tone, Jokowi broke the ice by associating his campaign number “2” with repeated mentions of Indonesia’s popular, old-school campaign “two children are enough” to answer a question about family planning.

Tony A. Prasetiantono, an economist from Gadjah Mada University, said Jokowi appeared more “down to earth” and his policies seemed more realistic. — The Jakarta Post / Asia News Network

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