ANC’s popularity on the rise

2010-01-08 00:00

THE ANC can celebrate its 98th anniversary on Saturday on a high note. A countrywide opinion poll shows that the popularity of both the party and its president, Jacob Zuma, is on the rise.

According to the latest Ipsos Markinor survey since the general election in April, where the ANC failed to achieve a two-thirds majority, its support has grown to 71% among eligible voters — South Africans who are 18 years and older.

Similarly in a survey where people were asked to rate political leaders, including Zuma, the president’s rating increased over the last six months from 6,1 out of 10 (measured in April 2009) to 7,6 out of 10. The scale used was from nought to 10 where nought meant “totally against” and 10 meant “totally in favour of”.

The survey found that although Zuma’s rating among black people also increased, the increases among minority groups were most notable.

Anneke Greyling of Ipsos Markinor said in the poll respondents were given a ballot paper, similar to the ballot paper in an election, and asked to indicate their choice of political party, seal the ballot paper and give it back to the interviewer.

According to the findings more than seven in every 10 South Africans (71%) chose the ANC on the ballot paper.

Greyling said to get a clearer indication of who the supporters of the ANC are, they compared the demographic profile of ANC supporters to the profile of eligible voters.

“It is clear there there is a close match between the profile of eligible voters and that of the ANC supporters, although in terms of population group, the ANC still draws more than 90% of its support from the black population,” she said.

Greyling added that a higher proportion of ANC supporters are not working and almost two-thirds come from the group who have up to some high school education.

She said that in keeping with the support of the ANC, black people were most in favour of Zuma. “Not surprisingly, supporters of the official opposition, the DA (Democratic Alliance), are the least in favour of President Zuma,” Greyling added.

The poll is part of Ipsos Markinor’s Pulse of the People public opinion series.


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