Zimbabwe

Tsvangirai's party dismisses poll

2012-08-23 18:03
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Desmond Kwande, AFP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (Desmond Kwande, AFP)

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Harare - The Zimbabwe prime minister's party says a new opinion poll reflecting a surge in support for President Robert Mugabe's party was skewed by a "margin of terror" that saw nearly half those questioned refusing to disclose their political loyalties.

Douglas Mwonzora, spokesperson for Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party, said Thursday that US-based Freedom House poll is "unreliable" in a climate where voters face intimidation by Mugabe militants and loyalists dominating the police and military.

In a 54-page report, Freedom House said support for Mugabe's ZANU-PF party rose to 31% from 17% in the past 18 months but dropped for Tsvangirai's party from 38% to 20%.

It said 1 198 Zimbabweans were polled with a plus or minus 2.8% margin of error.

- AP

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