News analysis: Indonesia votes

A close finish to Indonesia's presidential race?

The Prabowo-Sandiaga team is catching up fast with incumbent Jokowi, a new poll shows

The latest pre-election survey out yesterday shows support for President Joko Widodo falling below 50 per cent and his rivals gaining significant ground, with polling day less than a month away.

In the survey conducted by Kompas, Indonesia's largest newspaper, the electability of Mr Joko and his vice-presidential candidate, Dr Ma'ruf Amin, dropped to 49.2 per cent, from 52.6 per cent six months ago. In contrast, support for presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno rose to 37.4 per cent, up almost five points from the previous survey by Kompas released last October.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Indonesia votes A close finish to Indonesia's presidential race?'. Subscribe