Half of adults want Dalai Lama visit

2011-12-06 22:35

Cape Town - Nearly half of urban adults believe that Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama should be allowed to visit South Africa, a new study has found.

About 47% of adults polled in metropolitan areas at the end of October and early November felt he should be allowed to visit the country.

A fifth (21%) disagreed, in a survey by marketing company TNS, released on Tuesday.

A third of metro adults gave a "don’t know" response.

"Amongst those giving an opinion, there is over a two-to-one majority in favour of the Dalai Lama coming to South Africa," said Neil Higgs, the head of innovation at TNS South Africa.

The study was done among 2 000 metro adults into attitudes to various social and political issues in late October and early November 2011.

The study has a margin of error of less than 2.5%.

"Unusually for such issues, there is much less... variation by race group than usual, with whites and Indians being the most in favour," Higgs said.

People in Johannesburg and East London were the most positive. In Pretoria, however, 30% felt he should not be allowed to come.

Across the different religious groupings, Muslims were the most positive with 60% approving of the visit, 56% of Hindus and 48% of Christians.

The most negative, at 37%, were those with no religion or who were atheist or agnostic.

  • Craig - 2011-12-07 07:34

    South Africa is "our" house, since when do we refuse entry to our house because of what another household (China) says, surely that is our rite, sorry ANC but it would appear you are being dictated to and don't give a damn what the rest of the household whats !!!!!!

  • makatika - 2011-12-07 09:26

    TNS Company I think you are winging it. Is there any news24 reader who did or personally know someone who participated in the specified study. I feel like this companies just like imposing the result. Which areas participated? he study has a margin of error of less than 2.5%. What causes the error, I mean 50 out 2000 this company is not reliable

      ludlowdj - 2011-12-07 10:20

      They used the same criteria and study basis used to get the ANC into power your chop, since when is any poll in this dust bowl either honest or reliable.

      makatika - 2011-12-07 10:36

      @ludlowdj You need to see your doctor by today, otherwise I am scared for you, you are falling apart. something is missing in your b....

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-07 10:19

    Well then if so many people agree that he should be allowed into South Africa, then we need to rise up with one voice and demand that China allow our government to issue a visa, if necessary holding marches and delivering petitions to the Chinese consulate. WHY well its simple China obviously runs our country and our ANC brothers obviously don't have what it takes to be counted as men.

      makatika - 2011-12-07 10:34

      Some of your brain cells are not working this morning. You call 2000 unknown adults minus the 2.5% guaranteed error so many people. You lost touch with reality brother, this is not lesotho if even there the result would not even be considered

  • Trymore - 2012-02-05 08:30

    I heard all the comments but they are not in line with the reality, the home affairs's official respond to this saga was that the Dalai Lama did not submit the right documents at right time they must apply a visa like anyone else which they did not do, they even said that if he did applied for the visa in time like anyone they should have granted it to him, but the comments is like if he has been denied entry by Zuma specifical, Fellow South Africans we must research before we comment, because other commentators they have political agenda irrespective of the truth,and others are guilible commentators who comments in the shoes of the first commentor without even researchng the truth

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