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A TOTAL of 66% of Zimbabweans are happy with the way that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has performed his duties in the past 12 months compared to 58% who think President Robert Mugabe is doing a good job, a survey has revealed.

Report By Fortune Moyo Staff Reporter

The survey was conducted by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) in conjunction with Afrobarometer (AB).

Results of the study, conducted in July this year, were presented by MPOI principal researcher Stephen Ndoma in Bulawayo last week.

“The study carried out revealed that party affiliation strongly influenced the assessments of the way national governments leaders performed their jobs,” he said.

“According to the survey results, the performance of President Mugabe by party affiliation showed that 92% of Zanu PF supporters approved of the way the President has performed his job, while 74% of MDC-T supporters did not approve.”

A total of 72% of MDC-M supporters, 69% from MKD, 60% from Zapu and 79% from MDC also disapproved of Mugabe’s performance of his job.

“A total of 57% refused to answer and 67% said they did not know,” revealed the survey. About 80% of MDC-T supporters approved of Tsvangirai’s performance.

“The results also revealed that 51% of Zanu PF supporters approved of Tsvangirai’s job performance,” Ndoma said.

“However, 58% from MKD disapproved of Tsvangirai’s job performance, while in Zapu 40% disapproved and 40% approved.”

A total of 71% refused to answer the question and 69% said they did not know.

AB is a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity and other related issues.

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