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Indonesian presidential hopeful Jokowi leaps ahead in opinion polls

Published on Apr 2, 2014 8:39 PM
Jakarta governor and presidential candidate Joko Widodo, of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), reacts during a party campaign at Cengkareng soccer field in Jakarta on March 16, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Already favourite to become Indonesia's next president, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo's popularity has surged since his candidacy for the July election was announced last month, according to the latest opinion polls.

Known locally as Jokowi, the Jakarta governor is widely regarded as a shoo-in for top job in the world's third-largest democracy.

Support for Jokowi leapt to 45 per cent after his party named him as its candidate, from 35 per cent before, according to a survey released Wednesday by Roy Morgan International.

The survey showed support for rival Prabowo Subianto, a former general, holding at 15 per cent, while tycoon Aburizal Bakrie trailed with 11 per cent.

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