A majority of Zimbabweans are pessimistic about the overall direction that the country is according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey. This data shows that perceptions of the country’s direction are determined by a number of demographic variables including gender, urban or rural location, education and province.
This data is being released at a time when a lot of things are happening on the country’s socio-economic and political front. Intra-party fights are rife in both the ruling and opposition political parties and unemployment figures are sky rocketing, the formal sector continues to shrink while the informal sector balloons. Despite the introduction of a surrogate currency in November 2016 in the form of bond notes trading at par with the US dollar, the cash crisis continues unabated with long queues at banks being the order of the day.