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A survey released by the Indonesian Network Elections Survey on Friday reported that Surakarta Mayor Joko Widodo would gather 72.48 percent of the total vote in the runoff, leaving his rival, incumbent Jakarta Governor Fauzi “Foke” Bowo, with only 27.52 percent.
The survey was conducted from Aug. 28 to Sept. 9 and involved 10,000 Jakarta residents from a variety of backgrounds as its respondents.
“The margin of error in the survey is about 2.5 percent,” said the pollster executive director, Tri Sasono, as reported by Antara news agency.
INES, a newly established pollster, had previously predicted that Jokowi would win the first round of the elections, a different result from other pollsters that predicted Fauzi’s major victory.
The official result from the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPUD) named Jokowi and his running mate Basuki as the frontrunners of the election’s first round by securing 42.60 percent of the vote. Fauzi finished second with 34.05 percent.
From the Survey said Tri sasono ,survey found Some will pull the lever for Surakarta Mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo because they want change, and others back incumbent Governor Fauzi Bowo, unsure if the Surakarta mayor is up to the task.
Fatimah Ali, a 50-year-old Jakartan, will vote for Jokowi and Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama as she is impressed by the way Jokowi governs Surakarta.
She cited the example how Jokowi relocated illegal street vendors to traditional markets without causing unrest. Fauzi, on the other hand, has failed to bring much-needed change to a city plagued with never-ending problems like flooding and traffic jams, says Fatimah.
A resident of Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, she claims to have done some research on Jokowi and Ahok and concluded that they are authoritative, low-profile figures.
“I like people who don’t boast about their achievements but let their work do the talking,” she says. “People may perceive Jokowi not being assertive, but if he has good track record, why not vote for him?”
Herman, a 45-year-old men’s apparel vendor at Tanah Abang is undecided. He considers Jokowi has the ideals of a good leader. “A leader has to be close to his people. If not, then there will be a gap between what the people want and what the government is doing.”
But Herman says that, as the incumbent, Fauzi knows Jakarta better and can best address the city’s woes.
According to a survey by the University of Indonesia, people like Herman account for about 30 percent of voters.
As concerns over racial and religious issues in political campaigns mount, Fatimah and Suntama say candidates’ ethnicity and religious beliefs do not influence their political views.
“I vote based on my instinct, so what’s important is to vote for someone who has been proven to lead the city,” Suntama said. “Ethnicity and religion are not my concerns.”
Fauzi and Jokowi will woo voters during the campaign from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16. There will be two televised debates organized by the Jakarta General Elections Commission.