Research Shows NRM Still Ahead of Other Parties

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The poll that was conducted by Research World International across all regions of the country, covered 55 districts, 65 enumeration areas and 1,300 interviews with voter-age respondents. The research shows a gradual 1% increase in NRM popularity but waning support for the party chairman, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Should elections be carried out today, NRM would maintain its supremacy with 69% of the votes, a fresh poll has discovered.

The poll that was conducted by Research World International across all regions of the country, covered 55 districts, 65 enumeration areas and 1,300 interviews with voter-age respondents. The research shows a gradual 1% increase in NRM popularity but waning support for the party chairman, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

The main opposition party, FDC, also registered a slump in their support to 22% compared to the 26% opposition leader Kiiza Besigye got in the 2011 general elections.

According to the study, over 29% of the people say the opposition has become more appealing, with 24% of these coming from rural areas which is considered an NRM stronghold.

The poll further suggests that 55.6% of the respondents think Museveni should not contest again for presidency come 2016.

However, the poll indicates an increasing popularity for Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, whom 62% of the respondents second to become the country's next president. Kadaga was followed by Mrs Janet Museveni with 11%, former Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya with 9% and Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Nandala Mafabi, who got 8%.

Dr. Patrick Wakida, the Research World International chief executive officer, said the research mainly targeted understanding public opinion on the economy of the country since the 2011 general elections and also opinion on the issues of concern to the voters, measuring trust in the electoral process and voter intentions in the coming elections.

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FDC Vice President Salaamu Musumba was quick to respond to the poll noting that a great part of the population in the country had failed to make a link between governance and the standard of living, which she said was her party's biggest challenge that they are to embark on if they stand a chance to win the 2016 polls.

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The poll was conducted from March 19 to April 6, 2012 in both rural and urban areas in the five administrative regions of the country.