Johannesburg - The ANC remains the strongest political party in the country, although its support seems to have decreased since the 2009 general election, according to a study released on Monday.
The study by Ipsos Markinor found that the African National Congress (ANC) had the support of most South Africans of 18 years and older, at 56.6%, including registered voters and likely voters.
It was followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA), at 19.3%, and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), at 2.1%.
There was 1.2% support for the Congress of the People, 0.5% for the United Democratic Movement and 0.8% each for the African People's Convention, the African Christian Democratic Party, and the Minority Front.
They were followed by the Pan Africanist Congress, with 0.3%, and the Azanian People's Organisation, Freedom Front Plus, Christian Democratic Alliance, National Alliance African Muslim Party and the United Christian Democratic Party, with 0.2% each.
"With the local government elections taking place on Wednesday, the issue of party support is getting a lot of attention," said political analyst Mari Harris.