Citizens lose hope after Sona - Survey

2015-02-19 12:57
Journalists attending the State of the Nation address hold their phones in the air to protest against the jammed signal in the House. (Lerato Maduna, City Press)

Journalists attending the State of the Nation address hold their phones in the air to protest against the jammed signal in the House. (Lerato Maduna, City Press)

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Johannesburg - Thirty-seven percent of South Africans recently surveyed said they lost hope in the country's future after last week's state-of-the-nation address, it emerged on Thursday.

This was compared to 24% who said they were hopeful, consumer insights company Pondering Panda said in a statement.

"Sona has left many South Africans disheartened about the future of our country," spokesperson Shirley Eadie said.

"While many South Africans were disillusioned about our political system before the address, Sona appears to have reinforced that perception. Our politicians have their work cut out for them to help restore the faith of the South African people at this juncture."

Pondering Panda surveyed 1466 people between the age of 18 and 49.

According to the results, older respondents were more likely to be negative about the country's future after the state of the nation address.

Forty-nine percent of 35 to 44-year-olds said they had less hope after President Jacob Zuma's speech, compared to the 25% of 18 to 24-year-olds.

More than three in five respondents 62% believed Zuma had not spoken about issues important to them.

Thirty-eight percent believed the speech was aimed at people like them, according to Pondering Panda.

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