A report conducted by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) on behalf of Afrobarometer early this year, has revealed that 78 percent of Zimbabweans are terrified of criticising President Robert Mugabe. Despite their fear, however, or perhaps because of it, most of the survey respondents said they thought that Mugabe was doing a good job.
Part of the report reads:
A majority of Zimbabweans (78%) are not very/at all free to criticise President Robert Mugabe. Midlands province has the highest proportion of residents (78%), while Mashonaland West province has the least proportion (41%) of residents who are ‘not at all’ feel free to criticise the President,
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The report also noted that Zanu PF still commanded large support in the rural areas.