Malawi voters would opt for MCP to govern, Chakwera to be President —Afrobarometer Poll 

A  new Afrobarometer survey has shown  that if elections were  held  today the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) can win the poll and its president LazarousChakwera can be Head of State.

Chakwera: Wins Afrobarometer opinion poll

Afrobarometer, an African led, non-partisan research network in a nationwide survey conducted by the Centre for Social Research at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), interviewed 1 200 adult Malawians in both urban and rural settings.

The surveys released on Tuesday  are drawn from data collected during face-to-face interviews in December last year and January this year.

Professor Edge Kanyongolo, Professor Happy Kayuni and  Dr  Nandin Patel gave the research findings in Lilongwe during the Afrobarometer  Round 7 Dissemination.

According to the report, when respondents were asked which party’s candidate would they vote for if presidential elections were held at the time of the survey, 32 %:picked the MCP followed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) at 27, and the UDF scored 11% while People’s Party got only 7.

Commenting on the findings, MCP Second Deputy Secretary General , Eisenhower Mkaka said they are pleased  with the findings.

Mkaka said this is what the party has always been saying that they do win the elections but the results are always twisted the other way round.

“Positive  news from Afrobarometer! We are leading if elections were held today: we are at 32%, DPP 27%, UDF 11%,  PP 7% and others 2% to us this is what we have always said, That  we have been winning the polls every body knows this and we will not relent but to fight hard till the results translate into real winning in 2019 polls,” said Mkaka.

However, DPP spokesperson Francis Kaasaila, who is also Minister Foreign Affairs, said he could not comment on a survey which he has not seen.

Kasaila said there were “discrepancies” between the presidential candidate for the party and the party.

“We need to analyse these issues before we cann comment,” he said.

But Kasaila struck a defiant tone saying President Peter Mutharika is likely to win the 2019 presidential elections.

In the Mid-Term Review Survey of the performance of President Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Malawians also say government is not doing enough to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

In its key findings, Afrobaromete said: “Almost nine in 10 Malawians say the country is going in the wrong direction. This view is shared by large majorities in both urban and rural areas as well as across all major political parties.”

The survey also found that “more than half of Malawians” think the government is performing “fairly badly” or “very badly” on 13 of the 16 policy issues the survey asked about.

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50 thoughts on “Malawi voters would opt for MCP to govern, Chakwera to be President —Afrobarometer Poll ”

  1. You MCPs and your afrobarometers member you have wasted your time on nothing ,don”t forget addition mathematics,mmmmm DPP 27+11(UDF)=38,KKKKKKKK DPP 2019 BOMA .mind you,all university of malawi professors always be in opposition each and every poll,but they have never win and they will never.

  2. Thepeteya says:

    It is not true that MCP is liked more than DPP as of now. This is a cheap fabrication.

    Maloto a chumba awa.

    DPP will win whether legally or not. They are in government know? Do not think that DPP will do zatulo anachita a PP zijatu. DPP won from the opposition and that should tell you a story. Can it loose while in Govt?

    Shame to Afrobarometer.

  3. Douglas Ndindi says:

    He who laughs last laughs longest! For now, quote my silence because there is nothing more unpredictable than Malawian politics.

  4. me says:

    great news at Last MCP

  5. nyoni says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. south alone can manage to come up with a president. mwina mwaiwala zimenezo.kuno ku south tinagwilizana kuti osadzavoteranso chipani chaku centrol or north.tikadzatopa ndi DPP tidzabweleranso kU UDF,enanu ndinu michila mudzingotitsatira

  6. Maunits says:

    DIPHIPHI CHIPANI CHA MAGAZI TIKUFUNA NJAUJU IFE AGALU SIMUIONA VOTI ULENDO ALHOMWE ALHOMWE CHANI. THERE IS NO MLHOMWE NO YAO NO TUMBUKA NO CHEWA NO TONGA NO NYACHUSA, THERE IS ONLY ONE MALAWI NATION. SO WE WANT MCP TO BRING BACK THE COUNTRY’S GLORY THAT WAS LOST.

  7. Dan says:

    maloto a chumba kapena nditi Ndalama zakumaloto sipangira budget kkkkkk
    mtima suvala sanza.

  8. katukutuku says:

    zayamba kudziwika kt a bwana Chakwera 2019 Boma! kkkkkk Mbava zonse zadzidzimuka , kkkkk Mbavazi sidzikudziwa kuti even ku Southern Region ,anthu atopa nayo DPHiPHI chaponda Chimanga kkkk ? Tiona ndithu! MCP Bima iloooooooo!

  9. mtete says:

    I bet DPP Gurus have lost appetite with the survey results.

  10. winston msowoya says:

    What a naked lie by the so-called AFROBAROMETER? With the thousands of innocent souls under our soils who were cut-short of their precious lives by the satanic MCP led by its demoniac leader Hastings Banda.Unfortunately,Afrobarometer does not comprehend the intelligence of Malawians who suffered under the ruthless tyrant for 32 years.How would the sons and daughters of Matenje,Sangala and Gadama look at Chakwera and his bloody MCP? To the Norherners,I urge to look in the sky and Pray to God the Almighty,keep Yatuta’s, Dunduzu’s,and Orton Chirwa’s souls in everlasting life,AMEN!!! It would be a total betrayal for all Malawians to vote for MCP into power which it held for three decades and turned Malawians into dead souls.To put Malawians into proper prospects,they must read histories from other countries in Africa who were ruled by tyrants.For instance,the body of Mobutu Sese Seko of the Congo was not allowed to be brought to Congo for burial from Morroco by the Congolese people because of his brutality against his own people.Finally,he was buried in Morroco by about six people from his family.The same thing in Uganda where the people there frightened to destroy the Dubai Plane if it landed in Entebe Airport,with the body of Idd Amin Dada.Of course you know what he did to Ugandans.The contrast here is sharp.Tyrant Banda,was buried in a Mausoleum built by Bingu using millions of dollars of the people he used to kill.Comeon Malawians WAKEUP!!!! The unification of DPP and AFORD is enough to win the 2019 elections,there is no doubt AFORD will come to its form sooner than later and will be able to stand with two legs,we must not allow MCP to lead us again after all those killings and oppression of the of Malawi.Chakwera is a political novice,he is there to accumu late wealth.Already we have seen it with the building of a bungalow costing K6million,where did he acquire all that money in very few years in leadership position? The dead souls of our people are seeing us.The world is watching us,leave MCP to die a natural demise,we have had enough of it.

    1. digo says:

      You are less of educated in surveys. We ask the living not the dead kkkkkkkk

  11. Joseph Mabedi says:

    Dpp will win mark my word.

  12. XL says:

    Am happy to hear a man of God being in a position to govern.

    But my question is: if we add 32+27+11=70%+2.

    Why doesn’t it add up to 100%.

    Am in total belief!!! But where is the 28%? Bless!

  13. santana says:

    Mrs Chakwera has already started looking for the best saloon in town in readiness for the first lady status.

  14. Nambuma Girl says:

    Gomanyundo, amene akusangala ndi Ben Phiri, Chimwemwe Chipungu, Kondwani Nankhumwa chifukwa ndi amene aba koooopsya ndalama zathu za boma. Chomwe iwo ayiwala ndi chakuti zonsezi ndi za chabe chabe, ndipo zongosautsa mtima (Billy Kaunda song). While people are heavily suffering and others dying because of lack of medicine and proper machine in hospitals iwo ali busy kuba left and right. It is also for this reason that I will never again waste my time voting taking from the last experience when the President was just imposed on us and being told as “Mmene zinthu ziliri, Peter Mutharika is the President” Shame on Malawi!

  15. gomanyundo wa mphandamkoko says:

    kodi a DPP akuopa chani ngati atuluka kale m’boma.. lamulirani ndipo mube mmene mungathere koma so mubisane mmene mungathere pa katangale yemwe mukupangayu.. 2019 ikubwera sikale ayi mudzaona.. Afrobarometer simalephera ndipo simanama.. ndindani mmene tikuvutikira amalawi anganene kuti akumva kukoma.. yekhayo yemwe akudya ndalama zobedwayo basi ine ayi..

  16. Chinfosa says:

    Please, Chakwera sanafikepo ku Mangochi, ku Machinga, ku Mulanje and many other districts. He should pull up his socks.

  17. KUCHITHEKETE says:

    THE MERCIFUL GOD MAKE SURE THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DREAM IS READILY AVAILABLE EVEN TO THE BABIES. HERE IS A SIMILAR SITUATION THAT A BABY IS DRDAMIN DRIVIN A CAR AS ITS DAD OR MAN DOES THE THING WHICH IS UNREALISTIC. IF IT IS POVERTY, NO POLITICAL PARTY WILL END IT BUT PPL THEMSELVES. THAT IS WHY APM APPEALS FOR HARD WORK. MALAWIANS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN BLACK COCK. THE 30 YRS THEY GAVE THEM ARE ENOUGH. THESE ARE THE DAYS OF ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE UNDER APM.

  18. Chatayika Phiri says:

    This is nothing! Just recently the same researchers said APM is having 40% support while 60% is shared among the oppsition parties and today the same researchers says MCP could win elections if voting is done today what a mess? Another thing is its not Afrobarometer that vote its ppo out there and my advice parties shud be overwhelmed with such reports bcoz in last elections the same afrobarometer predicted JB would win, MCP would win where are they? Recently they said Hillary would win in USA where is she? So let them eat money from the donors but its not something to dwell much on. Parties shud work extremely hard to win the voters hearts otherwise they will cry a foul.

    1. bright says:

      I agree with u boss. These pipo are useless. U knw when u want to win something u must do something differnt with others.If Chakwera wants to win the 2019 elections he must stop pointing fingers or go for the dark side of ruling part en rightens tht side. Pipo will obvious vote for him.He must go in the fields en show pipo tht he can be a good leader then he will automatically take pipo

  19. ndadabwa says:

    mumuphetsa Chakwera. chi peter ndi chamanthtu. mkulu wake amkamuopa Chasowa mpaka kumupha. mtundu wawo ndi wamantha

  20. Joseph Banda says:

    5% Difference at the Highest decampaigning mode of MCP and its fellow devils, then MCP has no chance. HOW CAN AFROBAROMETER produce credible assessments or survey WHEN MRA pounded on the thieving staff of this organization that decided not to pay taxes. This organization is still ANGRY and wishes if DPP never wins any elections. MWAUPONDA

  21. manga says:

    MCP do not have outstanding party structures in the North and South. DPP is the only party with structures across the Nation or in all regions. How can any magic party get 58% without votes from south and North? How bcan they get votes from areas they do not have party structures. They are cheating themselves. Those barometer statistics must have been taken from one place , may be Lilongwe only. And if the leading candidate has won with 40% does it mean there will be no president? How will one candidate win with over 50% in a small country like ours with 12 competing candidates. Pamenepa pamasulidwe bwino. If chakwera or Peter or Chihana win with 30% while the other candidates are sharing the 70% because of their selfishness let him be the president of Malawi , do not be jealousy of him/her. Do not even re-run becouse that is cheating or leaging votes or kuonera mayeso chifukwa azangophatikizana olephera okhaokha (same feathers) ganging against the winner to create the aggregate 50%+ vote.

  22. elias says:

    Survey yoyamba munavomera, tsono iyi mukuikana chifukwa sinakukomereni. DPP shame!!!!!

  23. Zingalume says:

    Ine ndili pheee kudya ziwala zomwe bwana ananena kuti tidye ndithu bansi,

  24. CHIHUAHUA says:

    central ndi northern region will come together chakwera will win tatopa muzingoba ?
    bingu he won yes 100percent we loved him ,,,
    but stupid malawian we hated our own brother and father he could have done alot we destructed him REPENT MALAWIANS

  25. namandwa pa chikopa says:

    Afrobalometer poll plz dont confuse fans if u want to knw the truth go to comercial city ov malawi -Blantyre, then compare ndi ku fumbi kwanuko(lilongwe) its when muziwe kuti prof. aurthor Peter ndi akatundu omanga ndi ma wire. 2019 bomaaa 2024 bomaaa 2029 bomaaaa kayampakaliti? he heeeeeeeeeee kumva kukoma2 ine

  26. pixy says:

    STUPID DPP STUPID UDF

  27. Patrick Phiri says:

    A lot of positive things have happened since December 2016 when the data was collected. These positives include resumption of WB budgetary support, Kwacha stabilisation, improvement in economy in general, etc. Like it or not, DPP will remain in government for a while.

  28. ndondwa says:

    God of mercy have mercy on mother Malawi, DPP yatikwana isaaaa

  29. Chakwera says:

    Dear Afrobarometer, Can we sit down and discuss some basic statistics here, you are saying that MCP can win with 32%, DPP 27%, UDF 11%, PP 7% and others 2% . u had 1200 participants, did you consider regionalism, what about Party Alliances, let me give some Lecture on Party alliances and regionalism, basing on your findings .Regionalism and Party Alliances are factors likely to determine the winner in 2019 polls not policies or manifestos : Look here :
    1. MCP + PP + R = 32% + 7% + R% = 39% +R%
    where R is Regionalism factor and assuming MCP will form an Alliance with MCP to fight a common enemy APM.
    2. DPP + UDF + R% = 27% + 11% +R = 38% + R%
    where R is Regionalism factor and assuming DPP will form an Alliance with UDF to return power to the southern Region.

    Conclusions: Without the R Factor Chakwera is a head of APM by 1%, Afrobarometer tell me , can we have election in Malawi, where Regionalism will not detemine the winner, secondly between Chakwera and APM who will have the Highest % of R factor .
    Take note that the 1% is too small to offset the R factor that will give APM a huge advantage over Chakwera.

    take note that people of the South will not even consider whether APM has failed or not they will just vote for their Man

    1. JOHN says:

      How sure are you that in DPP’s support, R was not included? Your assumption that there were no Rs in the figures is wrong!

      1. Chimuhawe says:

        Yes R is not shown there come out. with your calculations please don’t hife

  30. be humane says:

    Every opinion poll MCP wins but the actual elections they lose. Stop being confident on opinion polls. only 1200 adults interviewed? break them into regions you have only 300 per region. make them per district you have only 10 people per district with 5 in the rural and 5 in the urban
    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk how reliable is this poll?

  31. Puludzu says:

    NGAKHALE KU AMERICA ANKATI AWINA NDI HILLARY CLINTON ZOTSATIRA ZAKE ALIYENSE ANADZIDZIMUTSIDWA NAZO, LERO BWANA TRUMP NDI PRESIDENT

  32. Phillip Kandonga says:

    Mmmmm,people can change their already made decision overnight.lts too early.

  33. ChangingFaces says:

    Mr Mbwiyache says…

    “…if MCP chooses to ignore Richard Msowoya and go for Sidik Mia that will be the end of it”.

    Umm…”IGNORE”.

    Question: how did Msowoya help Chakwera in 2014?

    If my memory serves me right, the North gave more votes to APM even with Msowoya on Chakwera’s ticket.

    Never mind…there is still a distinct possibility that circumstances will eventually force us to adopt a new political system; perhaps a parliamentary system. If you doubt this, just carefully watch the voting pattern in 2019.

  34. ungwelu says:

    @Mlopwana. In fact if this country had only about 10 people of your character, it would have been burnt to ashes

    PLEASE CHANGE

  35. Novirikana Likango says:

    Anyamata a Afrobarometer ndi ma tchale. As we go close to 2019 they will do another poll and say DPP will win kuopa kuchita manyazi. Chilungamo akuchidziwa. Tabayembekezani. Campaign ikayambika ndi pamene mudzadziwe kuti DPP ndi ku chitekete. Komabe it’s better that they have made such a wrong prediction. The opposition started mounting up campaign that could mean the 2019 polls are already rigged. They have been making noise with regard to the national registration exercise. Mwachita bwino a Afrobarometer kuti MCP ibagona kaye nkumaganiza kuti ikhoza kuwina opanda kuchita campaign. Pajatu iwowa amawachitira campaign ndi a PP..

  36. Namakwa says:

    Chakwera boma, MCP a party with displine ,32% +7% (pp) =39%

  37. Andrew K says:

    Dear Afrobarometer, Can we sit down and discuss some basic statistics here, you are saying that MCP can win with 32%, DPP 27%, UDF 11%, PP 7% and others 2% . u had 1200 participants, did you consider regionalism, what about Party Alliances, let me give some Lecture on Party alliances and regionalism, basing on your findings .Regionalism and Party Alliances are factors likely to determine the winner in 2019 polls not policies or manifestos : Look here :
    1. MCP + PP + R = 32% + 7% + R% = 39% +R%
    where R is Regionalism factor and assuming MCP will form an Alliance with MCP to fight a common enemy APM.
    2. DPP + UDF + R% = 27% + 11% +R = 38% + R%
    where R is Regionalism factor and assuming DPP will form an Alliance with UDF to return power to the southern Region.

    Conclusions: Without the R Factor Chakwera is a head of APM by 1%, Afrobarometer tell me , can we have election in Malawi, where Regionalism will not detemine the winner, secondly between Chakwera and APM who will have the Highest % of R factor .
    Take note that the 1% is too small to offset the R factor that will give APM a huge advantage over Chakwera.

    take note that people of the South will not even consider whether APM has failed or not they will just for vote for their Man

  38. kkkkk says:

    MCP will win. mbavazi zatopetsa

  39. youna says:

    I only hope the Afrobarometer guys will not be visited by MRA.

  40. Mbiyache says:

    MCP does not stand any chance of winning an election unless that election only involves the central region. The choice of running mate will also affect MCP in that if it chooses to ignore Richard Msowoya and go for Sidik Mia that will ne the end of it. There are also issues to do with the economy how it is managed that will have an effect on how the results will turn out to be.

  41. Che Milk says:

    Chakwera mwampatsa matakotu at least amwemwetereko pang’ono. Nanga azingokhalira kulira? Ma survey ochita ntauni amenewa. MCP which has no grass-root set-up from Ntcheu to Nsanje cannot win any elections in Malawi. Even those conducting the polls know this but they have just opted to please this one prodigal son. Mainly this emanating from Chancellor College, which is politically motivated. Maloto a Chumba. You think DPP will be shaken by this bogus result? Munkatero with that lady cashgater, JB, lero ali kuti? Tsono che Milk akunyadira 32% I thought you said you want 50+1?

  42. Gutete says:

    Sha! DPP will win again, DPP’s 27% + UDF’s 11%(tisaiwale kuti Atupale anakwatidwa ndi DPP) = 38%.

    MCP will cry forever!

  43. Mlopwana says:

    No way, like it or not…The mbwenu-mbwenuzi in the name of AFORD will win the 2019 Elections iyaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

  44. Yohane says:

    It’s always good to start the day with a joke, especially if it’s as good as this one!

  45. Mahera says:

    In fact the margin is too narrow… come 2019, Chakwera will get 58%, Peter 20% PP 10%, UDF 5% and the rest will share the rest.

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