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Indonesian president's popularity rising, opinion poll shows

Indonesian president's popularity rising, opinion poll shows

Indonesia's president remains popular among voters and would win re-election if national polls were held today in the world's most populous Muslim nation, according to an opinion poll released on Thursday.
Public satisfaction in the performance of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rose from 56 percent in 2005 to 67 percent this year on a perception that the economy is improving, the survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute said.
"Yudhoyono will continue to dominate in 2007 unless a credible opposition emerges," the institute said in a media release to accompany the poll.
Yudhoyono, a U.S. educated military general, has won praise for overseeing a peace deal in once restive Aceh province, an improving economy and the arrest of scores of Islamic radicals blamed for a string of bombings.
Critics say that he has failed to be aggressive enough in fighting corruption, which is endemic across the sprawling nation.
The survey found that 48 percent of the people would support Yudhoyono if an election was held today, with just 17 percent supporting Megawati Sukarnoputri, a former president who still heads the country's largest opposition party.
The face-to-face opinion poll was conducted from Dec. 18 to Dec. 22 among 1,227 respondents from 33 provinces across the country, with a margin of error of 3 percent.


Updated : 2020-12-06 06:13 GMT+08:00