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Sokwanele Constitution survey
October 11, 2012
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civic action support group, which also provides data and analysis
about events in Zimbabwe, undertook a survey in 2010 order to give
its readers an opportunity to submit their views on the content
of the constitution which was to be drafted after consultation with
the general population. It began about the same time as live consultations
were begun throughout Zimbabwe through the official process
driven by the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC).
This report contains the results of that survey.
of the respondents
As a web-based
survey, Sokwanele's questionnaire drew usable responses from 1039
readers. Not all of them answered online, as some hard copies were
handed out as well, but the online submissions accounted for 85%
of the responses. A substantial number of preliminary questions
which identified the demographics of the respondents showed that
59% of them lived in the diaspora, and of those living in Zimbabwe,
the great majority were based in Harare or Bulawayo. 69% of the
respondents were male, only 57% were black compared to 36% white,
and as many as 71% said they had a tertiary education. Furthermore
52% were in full-time employment. Thus on several counts the respondents
were not representative of the Zimbabwean population.
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