The Steadman Group has release an opinion poll today for the Presidential bye-election. This indicates the following:
- Michael Sata - 46%
- Rupiah Banda - 32%
- Hakainde Hichilema - 20%
- Godfrey Miyanda - 1%
The random survey of 1,062 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
According to the SG Statement: "Even if there are only (a few) days remaining before election, many changes or events could occur at either national, regional and local level that can affect people's views or voting intention...[But] it is also assumed that there will be no significant changes in political alliances before the election."
The latest opinion poll also provides some insights on the pressing issues - 61% percent of respondes said the most critical problems they faced included a poor road network, poor water supply, high unemployment and hunger. 25 percent of voters surveyed said they had complete confidence in next week's election while 48 percent had some confidence and 16 percent had none.
Steadman Group is a prominent African market information group with over 400 permanent employees and access to 5,000 field staff in various markets in Sub-Saharan Africa. The group predicted President Mwanawasa's victory against Sata in the 2006 presidential vote.
Much of this information has been sourced via Reuters , though the results where forwarded to me initially through another source.