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Yudhoyono takes the lead again: Survey


October 19, 2008

Indonesia Elections 2009:
Yudhoyono takes the lead again: Survey

A survey by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) shows that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has climbed back to the top and has become the most popular presidential contender, leaving his closest competitor Megawati Soekarnoputri far behind, reported the Jakarta Post.

Based on the survey conducted last month involving 1,239 respondents Yudhoyono tops the list of 20 presidential candidates, with 32 percent of the vote. Next in line is former president Megawati Soekarnoputri, with 24 percent.

"After Megawati, a number of names trail far behind, including Wiranto (6 percent), Prabowo (5 percent), Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X (3 percent) and the others below 3 percent," LSI chief Syaiful Mujani was quoted by Antara news agency as saying.

Syaiful said that in the previous survey conducted in June, Megawati had shot to the top, replacing Yudhoyono after Yudhoyono's government had increased fuel prices.

"The results of the survey in June showed Megawati beating SBY by 30 percent to 24 percent. Now it's the other way around," Syaiful said.

He explained further that even if SBY faced only Megawati, the survey showed SBY would still be leading at 49 percent to her 30 percent, while 16 percent of the respondents had not answered.

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