Mutharika may win 2019 elections,  Malawi presidential polls ‘dead heat’ —IPOR report

Malawi’s Institute of Public Opinion Research (Ipor)  research  on the political environment towards the 2019 Tripartite Elections shows  President Peter Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) may have an edge over the opposition to get his second and mandatory final five-year term.

President Mutharika: Front runner

DPP spokesman and Minister of Information Nicholous Dausi said said IPOR survey is reflective of reality on the ground.

The survey findigs shows that the DPP presidential candidate enjoyed a slight edge in the presidential race compared to opposition candidates, although the difference between the DPP and Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  candidates was within the survey’s margin of error.

“Specifically, 27% of Malawians said they would vote for the DPP candidate if elections were held in August 2018, followed in second place by the MCP candidate on 24%. The presidential candidate of the newest party on the political, UTM, was favoured by 16% of Malawians, while the UDF and PP candidates enjoyed 6% and 5% support respectively,” reads the IPOR report.

It said 11% of Malawians meanwhile “refused to answer” and a similar number were undecided and said they did not yet know who they would vote for.

“Given the closeness of the two top contenders and the fact that 22% of Malawians were either undecided or refused to state their preference, effectively, the presidential race was a dead heat too close to call in August 2018,” reads the report.

The survey was conducted with support by Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) was carried by  University of Malawi professors Blessings Chinsinga, Boniface Dulani, Joseph Chunga and Mwayi Masumbu.

“In terms of voting intentions, in the presidential, parliamentary and local government races, the ruling DPP was ahead in the national vote, followed very closely by the MCP”, the report by the survey firm says.

In the report, IPOR reveals that the DPP leads on party identification (support) with 33% ahead of MCP) (31%) and UTM (17%).

The poll survey firm based in eastern city of Zomba,  said on political party popularity, the ruling DPP  held a narrow lead in terms of the proportion of Malawians indicating that they supported the party with 33%.

In second place was the main opposition MCP was rated with 31% support. The newly formed UTM of State Vice-president Saulos Chilima  came third in terms of membership, ahead of two former ruling parties, UDF and PP.

Dausi said analysing the demographics of the report, it reveals that the DPP appeals to all age groups, especially the youth.

The party enjoys a great balance of support across all regions.  The oipulous Southern Region remains DPP’s stronghold.

Mutharika’s party will have increased performance in the Central Region, coming second. However, it comes second to UTM in the North – with a very narrow margin.

Interestingly, the DPP has shown a strong performance in both urban and rural areas.

Dausi said the prediction was wright as  DPP was slowly gaining  its popularity.

During the Afrobarometer survey of January 2017, survey Malawians identified food shortages (35%); management of the economy (23%) and farming (7%) as the three top most problems that they wanted the government to address.

When the same question was asked in the current survey in August 2018, the most frequently mentioned problems were identical to what was reported in the 2017 Afrobarometer study, with food shortage (18%), management of the economy (16%), and poverty or destitution (7%) as top challenges the government should address. Those three areas are the key areas where the current administration has performed well.

Since 2014, no Malawian has died of hunger. The economy has been stable and growing, leading the SADC region in performance. Inflation remains stable under 9%. The interest rate has remained unchanged at 16%. These factors have led to the improved conditions of the lives of Malawians.

The report outcomes are in line with findings of the Economist Intelligence Unit  (EIU), an internationally acclaimed risk and forecast think-tank, which  predicted President Mutharika to win .

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
BLESSINGS
Guest
BLESSINGS

Bravo the DPP

pathfinder
Guest
pathfinder

kkkkkk ma stats ndiye ndi amenewotu, ndipo kubera komwe muukulubwalubwa nakoku palibe pa ma stats awo!

mtete
Guest
mtete

We Malawians are known to be friendly, polite, warmhearted and kind. Regrettably we tend to be most stupid. We know what harm APM and DPP have done to the country and yet we will flock to the polling station in large numbers to give the same plunderering, thieving, nepotistic and corrupt crooks another mandate to rob Malawi. Let’s vote in someone else for a change and bring back dignity to Mother Malawi.

pathfinder
Guest
pathfinder

hahahahahahaha mtete, stats yakupwetekatu? pano ndiye ukupempha anthu kuti akujowine kudana ndi chipani cholamula? Mmese mumasimikizika kuti mutenga boma inu? munya muona.

Happy Kayuni
Guest
Happy Kayuni

This demonstrates how dull most Malawians are. In the days of FAKE NEWS, FAKE HEADLINESS and FAKE SURVESYS you should watch out. Dulani and his friends conducted this survey when UTM had just been launched in July and they had their survey in August. It is only an idiot who can get excited with these results.

nephan nyirenda
Guest
nephan nyirenda

by then when iopr was conducting its research UTM was just 2month old which means it was not as popular as it is now. this is to say that if the research could have taken place this month UTM would be on better possition contrary to the third position coz now people have lose trust in the current tantrum regime

HUUU
Guest
HUUU

Chipani Cha ADIKITONI Achilezelele can not WIN- Chilima ndi ADIKITONI A chilezelele olo ine atandisutisa KAPENA KUNDIPEPELELA chamba chomwe akufuna kuti azalima ku KK sindingavotele DIKITONI

nephan nyirenda
Guest
nephan nyirenda

thats a fallacy my brother, u need to raise arguments and not attacking a person. thats only shows that u r still behind analysing issues..

sato
Guest
sato

Mapulofesa owononga dziko kuthandizana. This a ploy aimed at clearing the ground for rigging. This is not 2014. Ma report anuwo muzikawerenga Ku library yanu titakupititsani Ku retirement. Muyera mmaso 2019.

Chilungamo
Guest
Chilungamo

Ignore this report at your own peril. The scientific methods used are fairly extensive (though not exhaustive). It should rather be a wakeup call for both opposition parties and naive electorate, particularly those from the North. If what northerners really want is to rid of the york burden and torture of DPP-led govt. Otherwise northerners should stop being cry babies yet they waste their ballot on small useless parties. Political leaders in the north have 2 realistic options either have single bargaining northern block party (like MCP or DPP) or rally under a party that would promote their cause at… Read more »

chingeni
Guest
chingeni

amalawi mukuchedwa muzavotele ine kansala nancholi muone magesi akala ulele pompo mazi alipo aulele mu shire mu tikangogula machine basi mazi azikanka magesi nkumaya better life siposa pamenepo olo osavota zizakala zateka

shaibu
Guest
shaibu

munuhuze pumbwayo magesi akudula kwambiri movoti akufuna achani zintukumukanika Ku escom ko nde azitifuna pano , akuti charge ndalama zambiri Ku escom ko kenako akutenga ndalama omweo nkumazungulila mumisonkano,

maseko
Guest
maseko

Are we surprised? This is obvious. There are just too many opposition political parties wanting to get into government and in the process splitting the same vote from Malawians of goodwill. Politicians with no strategies at all. This study wasn’t sponsored by any political party

More From Nyasatimes