With the much anticipated Zambian elections fast approaching the eyes of the international community are once again set on Zambia a country they consider a shining example and a beacon of peace in Africa.

IPSOS a reputable poling company interested in the elections has conducted an opinion and election poll from a pool of 15,000 middle income earners and first time voters in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.

The results of their survey revealed that main opposition leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party For National Development (UPND) has failed to instill confidence in the voters ahead of the crucial election. Most of the voters interviewed complained that the UPND leader was only riding on the PF failures to win the elections as opposed giving them reasons why he is the best candidate who deserved their vote

Of those who took part in the survey in the two provinces, Mr. Hichilema still remains unpopular among them as 86 percent are still not convinced that he is the right man to lead the nation. Majority young working middle class earners feel he has no strategy and no direction and lacks that killer punch to convince the voters to vote for him.

The first time voters who are part on his biggest audience of social media platforms also feel that despite him promising them jobs he hardly explains how he intends to create the jobs for them.

According to IPSOS’s data, President Edgar Lungu remains very popular among eligible voters as more than 65% of those surveyed said they will likely vote for him in this year’s election.