AD40: Zimbabwe seen headed in the wrong direction, but president's leadership approval steady

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Dispatches
2015
40
Eldred V. Masunungure

Most Zimbabweans express discontent with the overall direction of their country, deteriorating economic conditions, rising corruption, and the performance of their elected leaders – except for President Robert Mugabe.

According to the latest Afrobarometer survey, popular assessments of the country’s direction and of how members of Parliament (MPs) and local government councillors are doing their jobs are considerably more negative than in 2012, but a majority of Zimbabweans continue to approve of the president’s performance.

Overall, the public mood is no longer as positive as during the Government of National Unity (GNU) in 2009-2012, and MPs and local councillors – who are seen as “never” or “only sometimes” listening to what the people have to say – will clearly have to “pull their socks up” if they hope to endear themselves to their constituents in time for the 2018 elections.