Opinion polls conducted by Malawi’s leading newspaper, The Nation has put opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) acting president Arthur Peter Mutharika as the most preferred candidate ahead of 2014 polls.
The survey’s results announced in today’s Nation On Sunday said in the week-long-nationally representative survey, the majority of Malawians said if presidential elections were held today, they would vote for DPP President.
The survey which pulled 4415 respondents from across the country put UDF president Atupele Muluzi second followed by Banda while MCP president John Tembo came last.
“Out of 4415 respondents, 1790 (41%) said they would vote for Mutharika, 1628 (37%) indicated preference for Atupele. 726 (16%)went for PP’s Banda while Tembo went away with 271 votes representing 6% of the sample.”
But the publication informed that the survey was conducted using different data collection methods such as face to face interviews in 20 enumeration districts, social media platform, facebook and short messaging service (SMS).
The paper reported that for face to face interview, Atupele dominated 10 districts namely Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhata-bay, Mzuzu, Mwanza, Rumphi, Dowa, Neno, Nkhota-kota and Balaka.
Mutharika who dominated in SMS and social media took the lead in six districts namely Blantyre, Chiradzulu, Phalombwe, South Africa, Chikhwawa and Thyolo. On Her Part, President Banda is reported to have ruled the roost in her home district Zomba, Chitipa, Lilongwe and Nsanje.