What do South African’s really think about Government’s priorities?

2019-07-24 16:11
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The contents of this article feature the headline results for the omnibus conductedby Victory in November 2018, which resulted in the collection of some understandably concerned opinions regarding the current proposed tobacco legislation. 

The recent announcement and news story from the Ipsos study - that42% of all tobacco in South Africa sells below the legal tax threshold - makesthese results even more relevant, topical and concerning. The public concernsabout plain packaging increasing illegal trade and costing the economy money pointsto the public’s opinion being that plain packaging is likely to make a bad problem worse. 

The fact that South Africa is the first country in the world with an illegal cigarette brand as top seller in the country overall (info available on request) links directly to why there should be concerns about removing branding.

When South Africans were asked to rank plain packaging as a policy priority compared to 10 other areas for the Health Minister - it comes last out of 10.

1. 99% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise the provision of better hospitals and healthcare and infrastructure.

2. 97% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise HIV prevention and treatments.

3. 96% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

4. 95% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise removing corruption from the health system.

5. 93% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise education and support to reduce teenage pregnancy.

6. 92% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise the increased pay of doctors and nurses.

7. 91% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise taking action to protect the public against fake and expired food.

8. 88% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise reducing healthcare wait times.

9. 87% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise more effectively enforcing existing rules prohibiting the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to minors.

10. 52% of South Africans think it is important to prioritise introducing plain packaging on tobacco products.

Please note that this is the first omnibus where Victory used a CATI (Computer assisted telephone interview). Normally, they use online surveys. In an online survey the change from existing pack to plain pack can be shown. On a CATI survey it has to be described. Please note that % shown may be rounded up or down and will not necessarily add up to a 100% total. 

Look out for a full summary published in The Star today, July 24th, or download the full research at www.handsoffmychoices.co.za

This post and content is written, provided and sponsored by JTI. 

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