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Source: President enjoys majority trust: Survey – Sunday News May 7, 2017

Harare Bureau
PRESIDENT Mugabe enjoys support from almost two-thirds of adult
Zimbabweans, while the same number has lost trust in opposition political
parties, an international think-tank has concluded.

Findings by Pan-African and non-partisan researchers Afrobarometer show
that the ruling Zanu-PF, the Zimbabwe National Army, the courts, police
and Zimbabwe Electoral Commission enjoy trust among Zimbabweans.

According to the 2012 National Census, Zimbabwe has a population of about
13,1 million, with 7,7 million aged above 15 and categorised as adults.

The findings, about a year ahead of harmonised elections which opposition
parties have mulled contesting as a united front, but survey indications
are that they lag far behind President Mugabe and Zanu-PF.

In fact, the survey shows that the adults who don&;t trust the opposition
(36 percent) are more than those who do (32 percent).

Afrobarometer concludes that the least trusted institutions are the
Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and opposition political parties, while
religious leaders enjoy the trust of almost three-quarters of adult

According to the findings from a sample of 1 200 adult citizens from all
10 provinces, conducted between 28 January and 10 February this year,
President Mugabe has the trust of 55 percent of urban dwellers and 69
percent support from the rural population. His trust is higher among women
(65 percent) than men (62 percent).

The survey was carried out by traditionally pro-opposition researchers,
the Mass Public Opinion Institute, on behalf of South Africa-based
Afrobarometer. The findings have a margin of error of plus or minus three
percent, and have 95 percent accuracy.

"Almost two-thirds of adult Zimbabweans (64 percent) trust President
Mugabe," the findings reveal. "There is more trust for the president in
rural areas (69 percent) than urban centres (55 percent). It is also
important to note that the public trust the president (64 percent) more
than they do the ruling party, Zanu-PF (56 percent).

"Half of adult Zimbabweans (50 percent) reported that they trust the
electoral management body, that is, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Masvingo province has the highest proportion of adult Zimbabweans (67
percent) who claim that they trust it `somewhat&39; or quite `a lot&39; with
Bulawayo province having the least trust (28 percent)."

Previous findings by the think tank show ever-increasing support for
President Mugabe since 2010.

The report continues: "Religious leaders command `a lot&39; of trust among
Zimbabweans with almost three-fourths (72 percent) saying that they trust
them while only a few adult Zimbabweans (32 percent) place faith in the
opposition political parties.

Thirty-six percent of adult Zimbabweans say they don&39;t have trust in the
opposition political parties."

Original: http://www.sundaynews.co.zw/president-enjoys-majority-trust-survey/

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