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‘Mugabe still favourite among most adult Zimbabweans’

It’s just a year to go before elections in Zimbabwe and the latest survey shows 64% of Zimbabweans trust President Robert Mugabe.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - It’s just a year to go before elections in Zimbabwe and the latest survey by Afrobarometer says 64% of Zimbabweans trust President Robert Mugabe.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai says it’s not fazed by the results, which showed only 32% of Zimbabwean adults trust opposition political parties.

The survey polled 1,200 Zimbabwean adults in January and February.

Sixty-four percent said they trusted President Mugabe, either a lot or somewhat.

By comparison, only 32% said the same about opposition political parties, some of them now edging towards a coalition.

MDC Spokesman Obert Gutu says the results need to be looked at with Zimbabwe-specific lenses.

He says a culture of fear prevails, especially in the rural areas, where respondents are likely to give an answer that doesn't upset those in power.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)