President Jokowi’s popularity slumps

Jakarta – It looks like the honeymoon is over for President Joko Widodo.

Jokowi’s approval rating  has dipped below 45 per cent, only six months after he took office, according to a new survey conducted last month by Poltracking Indonesia, a private pollster.

About 44 percent of 1,200 people surveyed across the country are satisfied with the performance of Jokowi, while 48.5 percent are not satisfied, the survey suggested.

About 7.5 percent of the respondents could not make up their minds or declined to answer.

The news came as little surprise given a series of much-criticised decisions he has made in recent months.

These include the appointment of graft-tainted Budi Gunawan as the national police chief, which was later withdrawn because of public pressure,  and the signing of the presidential decree granting top officials 211 million rupiah each as a down-payment to buy a private car.

Jokowi withdrew the decree after he admitted that he didn’t read it thoroughly before giving the seal of approval. 

Jokowi won 53 percent of the vote in last year’s presidential election, defeating former general Prabowo Subianto.

Time magazine in its October edition hailed him as “a new hope” for Indonesia, but now it seems  that hopes are slipping away for many Indonesians.

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