Youth prefer Motlanthe for president - survey

2012-05-28 14:58
Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is twice as popular as President Jacob Zuma among South African youth as their choice for the next president, according to a social media survey published on Monday.

The online market research company, Pondering Panda, conducted the survey of 3 615 people under 35 using the social media platform MXit.

Motlanthe garnered the most support with 28.5% of all respondents indicating their preference for him as the next president.

President Jacob Zuma scored 15.3% and was the least popular choice.

Second choice for president was former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema (19.8%) followed by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille (18.7%).

"The survey shows that the current president doesn't appear to have the support of the youth in this country," Shirley Wakefield, CEO of Pondering Panda, said in a statement.

Across the board, Zuma was the least popular choice by race and age. Motlanthe was by far the most popular choice among black youth who were surveyed with 33.5% indicating that they would like to see him as the next president.

Zille showed strong support from the coloured community with 55% naming her as their number one choice for president.

Malema was significantly more popular in the 18 to 24-year-old age group (23.3%) compared to the 25 to 35 age group (16.7%).
- SAPA
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