President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party has dismissed an opinion poll conducted by the Public Mass Opinion Institute on the voting intentions of Zimbabweans.
The opinion poll, commissioned by NewsDay, predicted Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T party winning the next general election with Zanu PF coming second and the revived Zapu trailing a distant third, but 40% of the electorate might not vote.
Didymus Mutasa, Zanu PF secretary for administration, dismissed the poll results saying the institute was not “credible”.
“It (Public Mass Opinion Institute) is really not a bona fide poll institute and they will say whatever they want,” Mutasa said. “We will go by the actual result of the poll.” Mutasa is also Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.
The MDC-T said the survey was a true reflection of the political mood in the country.
Nelson Chamisa, the party’s national spokesperson, said the poll results were also a reflection of the voting pattern during the March 28 general election, which was won by Tsvangirai.