New Poll Puts Museveni at 51 Percent

A new poll commissioned by Research World International (RWI) to assess the state of public opinion ahead February 18th presidential has put President Museveni, the ruling party presidential candidate in a lead at 51 percent.


Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Kizza Besigye in a second position with 32 percent while 12 percent of the participants said that they would vote for Go Forward candidate Amama Mbabazi.

The research was done in 89 districts with total sample of 2,685 of registered voters of 18yrs and above. Research World International partnered with NTV Uganda, a local TV station and Uganda Governance Monitoring platform in conducting the poll.

If president Museveni and Kizza Besigye were the only candidate in the race, 53 percent of the participants would vote Museveni and 39 percent for Besigye.

If Museveni and Amama Mbabazi were the only candidate in the race, 57 percent would vote for the incumbent while 24 percent for the former prime minister.

Can Museveni leave Power Peacefully?

56 percent of the participants do not believe that President Museveni can peacefully hand over power if defeated in the coming election. 44 percent of participants said president Museveni should retire before 2016 elections.

49 percent of the participants believe that it is not yet time for Museveni to leave power.

The poll comes at the heels of another opinion poll conducted by New Vision that put president Museveni at 71 percent, Kizza Besigye at 21 percent and Amama Mbabazi at 7 percent.