Cape Town - A Sunday Times
survey has found that contrary to public speculation, the ANC looks set to win a two-thirds majority in this year’s elections.
The survey, carried out by Ipsos on behalf of the newspaper, found that the ANC has 66.1% of voter support, that 22.9% support the Democratic Alliance and 3.7% are in favour of Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema.
In the 2009 elections, the ruling party garnered only 65.9% of the vote.
While the survey was concluded before the release of the Nkandla report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s homestead, it found that ANC-inclined voters felt the drama was more a Zuma issue than an ANC matter.Not doing a good job
However, a survey last month by Ipsos found that half of South African adults believe that Zuma and his government are not doing their jobs well
. These were the results of face-to-face interviews with 3 564 randomly selected adult South Africans.
The interviews were conducted in November last year.
Fifty four percent of respondents said Zuma was not doing well.
Of the remaining 46%, 17% said Zuma was doing very well and 29% said he was doing fairly well.
South African public perception of how well government was doing had declined in the past three years, Ipsos SA's director of public affairs Mari Harris said in a statement.
"Only about a third of South Africans are of the opinion that the country is going in the right direction. It should come as no surprise that the public are not impressed with government performance in most of the policy areas we measure."
This was according to the "Ipsos Government Performance Barometer" which measures public perceptions about the government’s performance in handling key policy areas as well as the views on the performance of the president, deputy president and the national government.
Harris said the polls were done every six months.