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U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Indonesia's President Joko Widodo during a working session at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017.   © Reuters

Jokowi approval rating survives protests and inequality

FTCR data show Indonesian leader's popularity rising despite weak political outlook

| Indonesia
  • The approval rating of Indonesia President Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, has improved since the start of his tenure despite rising religious tensions that put him at loggerheads with conservative Muslims.
  • Jokowi's approval is lowest for his efforts at poverty reduction, an issue that critics have highlighted and conflated with the economic dominance of Chinese Indonesians.
  • Our survey found that Prabowo Subianto, the candidate Jokowi defeated in the 2014 presidential election, remains his biggest potential rival for the 2019 presidential election.

President Joko Widodo's approval rating has risen in the past nine months, even as faith in Indonesia's political future weakened following a divisive gubernatorial election in Jakarta early this year, according to quarterly surveys by FT Confidential Research.

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