Indonesian presidential hopeful Jokowi leaps ahead in opinion polls
Published on Apr 2, 2014 8:39 PM
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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