The second edition of the Pangolin opinion polls has indicated that President Levy Mwanawasa is still the most preferred presidential candidate in this month's elections.
The latest opinion poll rated Mwanawasa's support at 51 percent followed by opposition Patriotic Front (PF)'s candidate Michael Sata at 19 percent while the support for Hikainde Hichilema of the umbrella United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is rated at 16 percent.
The results of the opinion poll conducted between August 15-19, 2006 in all the nine provinces were released in Lusaka Saturday by Pangolin Consulting Director Neo Simutanyi.
Simutanyi told journalists that 50 percent of the respondents preferred the ruling MMD, 19 percent were for PF while the UDA had 16 percent.
Simutanyi said 12 percent of the interviewed people were undecided on which party and candidate to vote for, with two percent having no preferred party and another two percent were in support of other parties contesting the elections scheduled to take place on September 28.
He said 3 percent of the voters had no preferred presidential candidate, while 11 percent were undecided.
Compared with the last poll results announced on August 2 the latest poll reflected a six percent increase in President Mwanawasa's support from 45 percent to 51 percent while Sata has increased by 4 percent and Hichilema has significantly increased by 10 percent.
He said the latest polls show that Mwanawasa has a clear majority in five provinces with Western Province at 81 percent, Northern 66 percent, Central 64 percent and Northwestern at 56 percent.
The opinion poll indicated that 56 percent of electorates in the Eastern Province were in support of Mwanawasa.
The poll results indicated that Sata was the most preferred candidate on the Copperbelt at 41 percent, Luapula 40 percent and in Lusaka at 36 percent while Hichilema's main stronghold is Southern Province at 45 percent and North-Western Province at 24 percent and relatively good support in Eastern and Copperbelt at 19 percent and 15 percent respectively.