Rupiah Depreciation Affected Public Support for Jokowi

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  • Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers his speech before Parliament members ahead of the country's Independence Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Jokowi announced a Cabinet reshuffle Wednesday, Aug. 12, replacing key economic ministers with the aim of speeding up infrastructure spending to revive sputtering growth and stabilize the sliding rupiah. TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers his speech before Parliament members ahead of the country's Independence Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Jokowi announced a Cabinet reshuffle Wednesday, Aug. 12, replacing key economic ministers with the aim of speeding up infrastructure spending to revive sputtering growth and stabilize the sliding rupiah. TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian pollster LSI Denny JA claims that rupiah depreciation in the past weeks affected the level of people`s support for incumbent presidential hopeful Joko `Jokowi` Widodo. 

    “The rising dollar exchange rate reduced the support for Joko Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin,” said LSI Denny JA researcher Ardian Sopa after presenting the pollster’s latest survey on Thursday, September 27.

    According to the poll that put forth the question of rupiah exchange rate to the US dollar, out of 1,200 respondents, 54 percent were aware that the exchange rate once reached the level of Rp15,000 per USD. 

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    Asked whether they were happy with the situation, 84.3 percent answered that they were not thrilled by Rupiah's weakened exchange rate and 83.8 percent stating that they are worried that the economic situation would worsen.

    The data from LSI Denny JA showed that 50 percent of its 1,200 respondents thought that their level of support toward President Jokowi would stay the same while 20.9 percent said that their support toward Jokowi dropped following rupiah depreciation.

    MUHAMMAD HENDARTYO