JAKARTA ~ President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to win the July presidential elections with the support of more than half the electorate, a poll showed this week.
The liberal ex-general, who has won plaudits for his economic management and tough line on corruption, is favoured by 54.9 percent of voters, according to a poll of nearly 2,000 people conducted last week by the LP3ES independent research group.
The poll showed Yudhoyono’s closest rival, former president Megawati Sukarnoputri, will snare only 9.7 percent, while Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, chairman of late dictator Suharto’s political party, will get 6.8 percent.
A second round of voting scheduled for September would not be needed if a candidate secured more than half of the votes on July 8.
The survey follows an exit poll last week by the Indonesian Survey Institute, which forecast Yudhoyono and his running mate, former central bank chief Boediono, would win a landslide victory with 71 percent.
Yudhoyono is seeking re-election for a second five-year term on a platform of sound economic management and clean government.
His Democratic Party won 20.85 percent of ballots in April 9 legislative polls, nearly tripling its total from 2004 and becoming the strongest party in parliament.