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Tsvangirai's party dismisses poll

2012-08-23 18:03

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.

Comments
  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-23 18:59

    Oh Oh! Morgan is making the same mistake again. He under estimates Uncle Bob and over estimates himself.

      zebsonm - 2012-08-23 20:48

      he can repeat the same mistake over a hundred times,he never learns.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-08-23 20:58

    Like it or not Mugabe always was, and probably always will be the popular choice of the people of Zim. So do we support democracy or not?

      DrGonzoSA - 2012-08-24 12:17

      Nonsense. The figures show that 31% were too scared to say who they supported, I doubt they'd be scared to say they support Mugabe. There's also a rather large of Zims in exile who certainly don't support him. he is NOT the popular choice of the people

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