54% of South Africans believe Zuma is doing his job well

2015-02-12 11:59

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Jacob Zuma will head into today’s state of the nation festivities knowing he has the nod of approval from about half of adult South Africans, who believe that Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the national government are doing their jobs fairly well.

This is according to market and opinion research company Ipsos.

The company’s government performance barometer measures public perceptions about the performance of key leaders and institutions every six months.

At the end of 2014 almost half (46%) of adult South Africans were of the opinion that the president was not doing his job well, while smaller proportions (41%) indicated that they did not think the deputy president was doing his job well and 42% that the national government was not doing its job well.

About one in every 10 (11%) indicated that they cannot yet make a judgment about the performance of the deputy president.

The study also looked at perceptions of supporters of different political parties.

It found that 13% of Economic Freedom Fighters supporters feel that Zuma is doing fairly well and 3% of them think he is doing very well; 12% of Democratic Alliance supporters think the presidency is doing fairly well, and 1% of them think he is doing fairly well.

The ANC’s own supporters remain loyal – 46% rated him as doing fairly well and 23% were confident that he is doing very well.

The findings come from 3608 face-to-face interviews, conducted with randomly selected adult South Africans.

Zuma will address the nation this evening in Cape Town. Despite threats of disruption from the EFF, the ANC are confident that the evening’s festivities will go ahead without any trouble.

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