MDC facing 'a rough ride in upcoming polls'

2012-09-03 13:32

Cape Town - Zimbabwe is headed for another hung parliament as support for the country’s two main parties and political principals remains evenly balanced, according to a report.

The Daily News online reported on Sunday that a new opinion poll shows President Robert Mugabe apparently closing the gap on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the man who beat him in the 2008 March elections.

A local think tank, Mass Public Opinion Institute, conducted the fieldwork for the poll commissioned by Afrobarometre, concluding that no party would secure the presidency without going for second round voting.

Results of the poll show a resurgent Zanu-PF on 32% from 10%. The MDC, no longer the most popular party in the country, dropped from 38% to 31%.

The survey of about 2 400 Zimbabweans of voting age, shows that 22% refused to express a party preference.

The poll confirms results of US pollster Freedom House's June opinion poll, which again confirmed that the MDC is facing a rough ride in the fragile coalition government and its leader seems to have been outwitted by his 88-year-old foe, a cunning political veteran who has used a grim mix of political savvy, charm, intimidation and violence to cripple political opposition.

With a call for a national election on the cards as soon as March 2013, Tsvangirai and his MDC face a tough election battle against Zanu-PF.

  • tom.robbins - 2012-09-03 13:44

    Just how stupid are these people???

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-09-03 14:47

      Guess you can ask the same of the local sheeples...

      ronald.z.mazorodze - 2012-09-03 15:30

      stupid? who? zimbabweans have come to a point of realisation. with increased access to the internet and news, we have come to see that Tsvangirai begging for sanctions to be put against our own nation. the people no longer have faith in him. especially with him having gone against his party's policy, extending his term which was supposed to end recently. what is he preaching then? he had 2 terms, why renew if the renewal of Robert is that sinful? he is a puppet of the West

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-03 19:20

      ronald.z.mazorodze - as tom.robbins said: "...just how stupid are these people...". Thank you for the validation.

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-09-04 09:03

      @ronald.z.mazorodze - he has served 2 terms within his party. he has not ruled anything as yet. What he was stating is that the ruler, irrespective of the ruling party, must serve 2 terms. Arggg just forget it, you will never get what I am saying. If you are that satisfied with mugabe, then why are you in South Africa?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-09-03 14:02

    Will the several million refugees living a diaspora existence be permitted to vote this time? If they were the outcome would be much more relevant to the Zimbabwean's everywhere.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-09-03 15:14

    I think this pro Mugabe think tank conducted theis survey in the rural areas where he holds all the support by means of intimidating the old and uneducated masses living there.

      ronald.z.mazorodze - 2012-09-03 15:31

      so when news headlines go against tsvangirai they becomes biased? it should always be against Mugabe?

      Alfjoe - 2012-09-03 15:55

      Its nt abt being educated, but being brainwashed. Dont tel me ol southafricns voting anc are uneducated. To tel u da truth, sa is going exactly where zim is, if the malemas of ths country are gven a chance. Wat they are proposing is want brought zm where it is nw. Nationalisation of mines, farm grabs, yu name it.

  • Alfjoe - 2012-09-03 15:27

    Mugabe is a coward, bt at the same tym he knws hs tricks. He wil nt go into an election whch he knw he's gona loose. He wil make sure all hs tricks are in place to win or make sure no one wins. He wants said and i cote, 'i have 99 tricks of winning elections and up nw i have only used 3'. Ths alone shows you hw wicked the man is. Hs intelligence is everywhere, even some opposition members are on hs payrol. Zimbabweans need more thn just a miracle to remove ths man.

  • rowan.maulson - 2012-09-03 16:37

    A sample size of 2400 people does not make a significant enough sample size...

      russellblack.cowan - 2012-09-03 17:13

      Yep, except you do not need a huge sample survey to be able to predict accurately the outcome of an election. You do not have to survey the whole nation to be able to ascertain their view. The American election is a good example of accurate polling by Pollsters.

      punungwe - 2012-09-03 20:24

      Zimbabwean politicians should get their act right. It is a pain when we get called idiots by the real idiots.

  • Paul - 2012-09-03 22:19

    well I guess Zimbabweans will get who they vote for. It defies comprehension that they continue to support a party that has managed to destroy the country making it reliant on food aid. And still people think this is a result of sanctions...

      Mutsvene - 2012-09-04 16:20

      Any party supported by whites will not win in Zim.Thats the game here and the MDC is in terminal decline.

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