South Africans hopeful for 2010

2010-01-05 00:00

SOUTH Africans are generally optimistic about the year ahead and believe that the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup is going to be a success. This is the finding of a recent “Pulse of the People” public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos Markinor.

The survey found that two-thirds of adult South Africans (66%) believe that the World Cup is going to go well and that 56% think that in general, the country is heading in the right direction.

Ipsos Markinor director Mari Harris said the findings show that South Africans are putting their support behind this major event in the country.

Harris said that when asked whether they think that the prices of the World Cup tickets are too high, 45% of the population agreed. “Only 12% …disagreed with this statement, echoing concerns expressed in the media that the price of the tickets might be an inhibiting factor for South Africans,” she added.

However, said Harris, a third (33%) agreed with the statement, “I am planning to watch at least one soccer match at a stadium during the world cup.” The survey found that a larger proportion (41%) of males than females (24%) indicated that they plan to see a live match.

She added that supporting the positive feeling about soccer, over half (56%) of South African voters think the country is heading in the right direction.

“This group grew substantially over the last six months. In May 2009, only 43% thought the country was heading in the right direction. In November 2008, this proportion stood at 38%,” said Harris.

The latest survey found that 35% of South Africans feel that their families are better off than a year ago and 46% believe that in a year’s time they will be better off than they are at present.

Ipsos Markinor’s “Pulse of the People” opinion poll is conducted bi-annually.

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