By Abu Hanifah
JAKARTA, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's President Joko Widodo earned improving public approval over his administration after 3 years of holding presidency, topping most popular candidates to run in 2019 presidential election, results of latest survey showed.
According to results of the latest survey carried out by polling agency of Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC), the incumbent president earned ascending rate of public's approval to his performances in leading the nation at 68 percent as of September.
"The level of public approval to President Jokowi is steady and tends to go stronger. He earns 68 percent at present," SMRC Executive Director Djayadi Hanan said on Thursday, referring to the president's popular nickname.
Cited to the polling agency's analyses over results of the survey, Hanan said that it showed public's positive responses to policies implemented by President Widodo's administration to handle issues in different sectors.
"Public who regarded national economic condition has improved were higher than those who regarded it had gone worse," Hanan added.
Most of the respondents also regarded positively on government's moves to address issues in politics, security, legal enforcement and public order, he added.
Another survey carried out by Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published last month also resulted public's approval on the incumbent president at 68.3 percent this year, higher than 66.5 and 50.6 percent in 2016 and 2015 respectively.
Jokowi's most potential rival, who was his contender in 2014 election, former armed forces general Prabowo Subianto only earned 12 percent rate in the survey, Hanan said.
The other popular national figures considered eligible to advance in presidential election, including former presidents, governors and political party leaders, only earned below 2 percent, Hanan added.
The SMRC survey was conducted from Sept. 3 to Sept. 10, involving 1,220 respondents with voting rights. SMRC claimed the survey results has margin of error plus minus 3.1 percent with trustable level of 95 percent.
President Widodo was selected as Southeast Asia's largest economy after won in 2014 presidential election with 53 percent of the votes.