Two Indonesian Presidential Election Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Populi Center become the latest pollster to put the incumbent candidate President Joko Widodo far ahead of his challenger Prabowo Subianto in the 2019 Presidential Election.

Pollster’s survey showed that Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin may take 56.3 per cent of the votes in the election. The vote strength of the challenger, Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, is surveyed at 30.9 per cent.

The vote share is pretty much consistent with several other polling results done by other organizations. A survey done by Kompas, Indonesia’s largest newspaper, put Widodo ahead with 52.6 per cent of the votes while Subianto at 32.7 per cent.

The opposition appeared to be undaunted with the uphill battle that it has to face in the election. With six months left before Indonesia go to vote, the opposition has their work cut off for them in order to have any real chance to win the election.

One particular area of improvement is Subianto’s weak appeal among young voters, which is a role filled by Uno. Meanwhile, Subianto, as part of its key campaign platform, launched “Emas” Movement, which is a call for an increase in dairy consumption in Indonesia.

Otherwise, Widodo continued with his attack on the opposition’s criticism against the government, after venting his frustration by calling many politicians as “sontoloyo” (silly or absurd).

Admitting that his statement came out of frustration, Widodo said the opposition politicians played into divisive sentiments for some political gains.

Previously, other pollster Poltracking Indonesia report in January to February 2018 noted that the electability of Widodo was 57.6 percent and Prabowo 33.7 percent. Polling by Cyrus Network survey in March to April 2018 showed that the incumbent’s electability was 64.0 percent and Subianto’s was 29.8 percent.
In April 2018, Charta Politika mentioned that the electability of Widodo was 51.2 percent and his contender was 23.3 percent.
Polster Lingkaran Survey Indonesia also mentioned that electability of Widodo was 53.6 percent and Prabowo was 28.8 percent.
While the latest survey by Indikator Politik in September 2018 showed that the ruling president’s electability was 57 percent and Subianto 31.3 percent. Another indication is that the vice presidential candidate picked by respective candidates did not significantly change the electability.
Although Widodo is in the upper hand position compare with Subianto, the political situation can change. There are still a lot of opportunities for a coalition that support the contender to carry out activities to increase the electability of Subianto.