White voters don’t feel the governing party

2012-05-05 18:02

Eighteen years after the dawn of democracy, the ANC still receives less than a percent of its support from white voters.

That’s the outcome of the latest Ipsos Markinor survey on “sociopolitical trends”, a part of the Khayabus study the polling agency undertakes every six months.

The study is conducted across the nation and in the recent one, completed in December, researchers interviewed 3 500 South Africans of voting age and found that the governing party received 0.9% of its votes from white South Africans.

Director of public affairs at Ipsos South Africa, Mari Harris, said researchers asked respondents which political party they would vote for if there was an election the following day.

Harris said 63% of all polled voters said they would vote for the ANC. “Looking only at white voters, 5% said that they would vote for the ANC.

This translates to about 184 000 votes.

It was on the question about how voters feel about the ANC, where it was established that 29% of white South Africans “completely reject” the party.

At least 16% said they were “personally against” the ANC. Another 27% felt nothing.

Only 3% of white people would “definitely vote” for the ANC, while the other 3% were likely to vote for the party.

Nine percent of white voters, said they feel “quite good” about the ANC, would not cast their vote for the party.

With the minorities combined, the ANC could score 6.3% of the votes – 0.9% from whites, 0.6% from the Indians and a better 4.8% from Coloureds.

Black people remain the majority ANC supporters at 93.7%.

The ANC will next Tuesday come face to face with a group of white Afrikaners to hear what causes unhappiness with the party that led the struggle to democratise South Africa.

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