People feeling less close to ANC and DA - study

2016-07-28 09:26
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Johannesburg – People’s “feelings of closeness” to the ANC and DA have slowly dwindled over a seven-year period, according to a recent study.

The South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) showed that since 2008, the number of ANC supporters who said they felt either not close or not at all close to the party increased from 14% in 2008 to 22% in 2015.

In 2008, 12% of DA supporters said they felt this way, and in 2015, 23% shared this view.

In contrast, EFF supporters, although fewer in number than the ANC’s and DA’s supporters, felt very close to the party. In 2015, 55% of EFF supporters who took part in the study said they felt very close to their party.

The data was collected by the Human Sciences Research Council’s Jare Struwig, Stephen Gordon and Benjamin Roberts. They are responsible for the SASAS, a nationally representative, repeated cross-sectional survey conducted annually since 2003.

The sample for the study was 3 500 adults aged 16 and older living in private homes.

According to the study, racial minorities mostly indicated they would vote for the DA.

“Racial minority members tend, on average, to name the DA as the party they feel close to and the aggregated level of attachment has grown for certain groups. In 2008, for instance, 25% of coloured women selected the DA, but in 2015, 44% of this group selected this party,” the study says.

Indian women were also more likely to select the DA in 2015 than in 2008.

Most black adults identified the ANC as the party they felt close to, although fewer black men selected the ANC in 2015 (60%) than in 2010 (67%).

“It was interesting to note that almost a tenth (9%) of black African men named the EFF as the party they felt close to in 2015,” the study states.

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