JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s approval rating has hit an all-time high after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions last month, a poll showed on Sunday (Jan 22).
Figures released by pollster Lembaga Survei Indonesia (LSI) showed satisfaction with the president, widely known as Jokowi, had risen consistently over recent months to reach 76.2 per cent at the start of 2023.
“In the last three months, the president’s performance has increased in (terms of) positive public perception from 62.6 per cent in September 2022 to 76.2 per cent. If we look at the last three months, the increase is quite significant,” LSI executive director Djayadi Hanan said.
The more than 10-point jump put Jokowi on his highest approval rating recorded by LSI during his current term which began in 2014.
“I think this was mostly because of the lifting of (COVID-19) social restrictions and a decrease in fuel prices,” Hanan told Reuters. “The narrative that the economy will be very difficult, particularly in 2023, has been there since the beginning of last year.”
Jokowi’s announcement in December of the end of pandemic restrictions was well received, the pollster said, as the restrictions had been seen as hurting the economy.
The LSI poll, conducted between Jan 7 to Jan 11 and covering more than 1,200 respondents, also comes months after the start of a high-profile trial against a former Indonesian police general.
The case sparked public uproar about alleged corruption and impunity within the police, but the fact that the case was made so public was taken as a sign that the government was at least trying to tackle the issues.