World Cup raises SA spirits

2010-07-15 00:00

MORE than 85% of South Africans in a snap survey indicated that they have more hope than before for a happy future for all South Africans after the football World Cup.

In the survey, conducted by Ipsos Markinor, ­tele­­pho­ne interviews were conducted over the past two days.

Markinor’s Mari Harris said the survey sampled South Africans living in metropolitan areas and that the sample group is representative across race, gender, age and area.

She said 98% indicated that they are proud to be South Africans. However, a small sample of the group were not as enthusiastic. One in every 10 (11%) said the World Cup made no difference to their feelings about the future. Four percent said they now have less hope for a happy future.

This “small pessimistic group” includes more males than females, but ranges across all race and age groups.

The survey found that 26% of the sample attended a game at the stadium, a third (34%) went to a fan fest and 98% said they watched a game on television.

Harris said it is interesting that more males than females attended matches at stadiums and fan fests, but when it came to watching television, there was no difference between the genders.

As expected, a larger proportion of those in the higher-income groups attended a match.

Despite mixed feelings about the vuvuzela, 64% of the respondents indicated that they owned one.

Sentiments expressed by respondents in the survey include:

• It is just the greatest thing that happened to South Africa;

• It was a success and brought a lot of unity to people in the country;

• I think it was excellent, it changed my view of football because I was not a football fan; and

• It was one month of happiness in South Africa.

Looking to the future, people interviewed worried about what is going to happen to poor people in the country and said more should be done for them. They want the government to make a greater effort to create jobs and believe World Cup standards regarding transport, security and promoting goodwill among South Africans have to be maintained.

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