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Young Zimbabweans less likely than their elders to cast their ballots on Election Day, new Afrobarometer survey shows

22 Aug 2023 Zimbabwe
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Key findings
  • More than eight in 10 voting-age Zimbabweans (85%) say they are registered to vote in this week’s harmonised election (Figure 1).
  • Middle-aged and older citizens (both at 93%) are more likely to say they are registered to vote than the youth (76%) (Figure 2).
  • Seven in 10 citizens (70%) say they will “definitely” vote in the election, and another 14% say they will “probably” vote (Figure 3).
  • Almost nine in 10 residents of Mashonaland Central (88%) and Harare (87%) say they will “definitely” or “probably” vote, while only 73% of Bulawayo residents say the same (Figure 4).
  • Middle-aged citizens record the largest proportion who say they will definitely/probably vote (91% of 36- to 55-year-olds), while youth record the smallest share (78%).
  • Men and women differ little in their self-reported likelihood of voting. The same is true for urban and rural residents.

While most Zimbabweans say they are registered to vote and plan to cast their ballots in tomorrow’s harmonised elections, an Afrobarometer survey shows that young citizens are considerably less likely than their elders to do so.

As reported by survey respondents, 18- to 35-year-olds are significantly less likely than older cohorts to report being registered and intending to vote.

Both registration rates and intention to vote also vary considerably by province. Mashonaland Central and Harare have the largest proportions of citizens who say they will “definitely” or “probably” vote, and Bulawayo has the smallest proportion.