Zuma is our man, says Mzansi

2010-02-11 08:51

MOST South Africans believe President Jacob Zuma is doing a good

job, a survey has found.

The Ipsos Markinor poll, released yesterday, found that 77% of

South Africans felt Zuma was doing his job well and 70% felt the government as a

whole was performing well.

“At the start of 2010, President [Jacob] Zuma is in an enviable

position in terms of his public rating.

“This is the highest rating for a president since May 2006 and will

more than likely shore up his credentials in the light of the tough public

relations press he is currently receiving about his personal life,” researchers


The poll of 3 374 people was conducted last November, ahead of a

furore over revelations that Zuma – a polygamist – fathered a child out of


The study found that while Zuma’s personal life was the “constant

focus of the media”, the South African public was “clearly positive” about his

performance at work.

“. . . Only time will tell whether the current PR [public

relations] scandal will somewhat erode this high measure of support or have

little or no effect at all,” the researchers said.

Zuma’s rating in November was an improvement from April when only

50% of South Africans felt he was doing well.

The latest survey found that 56% of South Africans felt the country

was headed in the right direction last November, compared to 38% in November


“Government is credited with improving performance on implementing

affirmative action and ending political violence.

“This optimism exists despite the feeling that government has made

little or no progress on reducing the crime rate, fighting corruption and

creating jobs,” according to the study, which has a margin of error of between

0,7 and 1,7 %.

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