Zuma’s approval rating drops

2012-05-14 09:24

President Jacob Zuma’s approval rating fell to 46% in April, from a 55% high in February.

“It was at this time that the e-tolling saga was at its height (but before the judgment on the interdict), concerns about the re-instatement of Lt-Gen Richard Mdluli were growing and the [ANC Youth League president Julius] Malema suspension was finalised,” TNS South Africa researcher Neil Higgs said today in a statement.

After a volatile 2010, the figures, based on surveys of 2000 adults living in seven metropolitan areas in South Africa, were more stable in 2011, averaging 48%.

After a rise to 55% in February, the figure then dropped to 46% in mid-April.

The figures also show that the proportion of people giving a “don’t know” response dropped to more usual levels after being high since 2009.

“People are coming to a more definite view of the president after a long period where many people were not sure about him. These previously uncertain people are shifting to the negative category.”

Higgs said “unfortunately, political views in South Africa tend to have a strong correlation with race”, which the figures bear out.

The latest reading for blacks, after a strong rise in February, show the lowest figure since September 2010.

Approval for Zuma among whites shows a slow downward trend for both readings in 2012 so far. For coloureds, sentiment shifted positively in February, but dropped back in April. For Indians/Asians, the trend was strongly negative.

Overall, the President’s approval levels are best in Gauteng (except Pretoria), and poorest in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

People aged 18 to 34 are the most positive at 51% (unchanged over the past four readings). Those aged 60 and more are the least positive at 30% (down from the 40% of November 2011 and February 2012).

In terms of language group, the most positive are those whose home language is isiZulu at 67% (unchanged over the past four readings).

Women are somewhat more positive than men (49% compared with 43%).

Motlanthe’s ratings slightly higher
Approval ratings for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe are slightly higher than Zuma’s, at 49% for April.

Blacks in metropolitan areas shifted more positively towards him since the end of 2011, but other race groups have become slightly more negative.

Younger people are more positive, with 53% approval for Motlanthe among those aged 18 to 34, compared with 39% amongst those over 50.

Among black language speakers, those whose home language is isiXhosa are the least positive at 59%. Other language groups average 69%.

According to TNS, the only major difference between their rating occurs in Soweto, Pretoria and East London.

In Soweto, Motlanthe’s approval rating is 68%, compared with Zuma’s 50%; in Pretoria Motlanthe’s is 58% and Zuma’s 39%. In East London Motlanthe scored 64% to Zuma’s 48%.

Motlanthe’s overall approval rating for October/November 2011 was 47%. Zuma’s was 48%.

Motlanthe’s approval rating in November 2008, shortly after he was installed as president, was 36%.

Malema was expelled from the ANC last month for a range of party-related conduct infractions.

Mdluli was last week removed from his post as police intelligence head in the midst of controversy over withdrawn charges of murder and corruption. He will be shifted to another position in the police.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.