The Magamba Network launched the Citizen’s Voice Index with Orange Door Research in February, to measure changing public opinion in real- time, using daily mobile phone surveys. A total of 10,308 people completed the daily survey between February and September, at the rate of 43 respondents per day over that time period.
In addition to the daily surveys, we also conducted two additional surveys, one in June and one in August. Each survey included 500 respondents, separate from the daily survey. These additional surveys provide us a more in- depth picture of how the election shaped Zimbabweans’ views on key issues facing the country.
Following the election, we added three new questions to the daily survey:
- Do you think the Presidential election was free and fair?
- Who do you think won the Presidential election?
- Are you more or less optimistic about the future of Zimbabwe following the election?
A total of 1,482 people responded to these election-related questions over the course of late August and September. Of these, 56% believed the elections were free and fair, while 54% believed that Emerson Mnangagwa won the election. 45% of these respondents were more optimistic following the election, 31% were less optimistic, while 24% answered that their level of optimism had not changed.