Johannesburg - The number of young adults who will not vote
in this year's general elections has increased, according to a Pondering Panda
survey released on Thursday.
"The survey, which is repeated at regular intervals,
found that close to a third of respondents [29%] said they did not plan to vote
this year, compared to 23% who said in July that they did not intend to vote in
2014," spokesperson Shirley Wakefield said.
The number of young adults who did not intend to vote had
increased by six percent.
The survey interviewed 3 683 respondents aged between 18 and
34 across South Africa.
24.1m registered to vote
Just over 24.1 million South Africans have registered to
vote, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said earlier on Thursday ahead
of the final voter registration this weekend.
"This is 76.7% of the estimated voting age population
which, according to Statistics SA is 31.4 million," spokesperson Kate
Bapela said in a statement.
According to the Pondering Panda survey, among race groups,
coloured South Africans were the most likely to say they did not intend to
vote, with 33% not planning to cast a ballot.
"In comparison, 29% of blacks and 28% of whites said
they did not plan on going to the polls," Wakefield said.
'Nothing will change'
Respondents who said they did not plan to vote were asked
According to the survey 54% said they did not intend to vote
because "nothing will change".
"In comparison 21% felt there was no one worth voting
for, four percent said their party would win without their vote and four
percent believed their party would lose, regardless of their vote," she
Twelve-percent of respondents said they did not intend to
participate in the elections for other reasons.
"The majority of those who don't currently intend to
vote feel that nothing will change, regardless of who wins the election."