More than four in 10 Swazi people disapprove of King Mswati III’s leadership, a new Gallup opinion poll reveals.
The news will surprise many observers of the kingdom, where King Mswati reigns as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, as local media continually report that all Swazis love their king.
Gallup interviewed 1,000 adults aged over 15, face-to-face, in Swaziland between 13 and 21 November, 2011 as part of a survey into attitudes to leaders conducted across the world. The results have just been released.
Gallup found that 43 percent of the people interviewed answered Disapprove and 56 percent, Approve, to the question: Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of King Mswati?
The Swazi Government came out worse than the king. Asked about approval of the kingdom’s leadership more generally, 40 percent approved and 56 percent disapproved.