Malema support down - survey

2011-09-29 14:11

Johannesburg - Support for ANC Youth League president Julius Malema in urban areas has dropped to 17% from 21% last year, according to a survey released on Thursday.

"Support for Julius Malema shows a consistent decline over the last 18 months, though less so in the last year among those aged under 24," the researchers found.

"There are significant gender differences, especially among blacks, with females showing much lower levels of support.

"The unemployed show higher signs of support as do younger blacks, but they are still a minority."

The TNS SA survey of 2 000 people living in metropolitan areas was conducted between August 25 and September 12 at the start of Malema's disciplinary hearing before the ANC.

At the end of 2009, his level of support stood at 27% of the people polled.

Researchers found differences to the question "I support what Julius Malema says and does" in different race groups.

No support from Indians/Asians

Blacks came out at 26% (30% last year), whites 2% (5%), coloureds 4% (4%) and Indians/Asians none (7%).

TNS said there were significant gender differences, with 20% of men supporting Malema, compared with 15% of women.

Among blacks, 31% of men supported him and 22% of women.

Malema's support levels reached 23% among the unemployed and 16% among the employed.

By age group, he had the support of 26% of people between 18 and 24, and 22% of those between 25 and 34. His support dropped to 7% among people aged 35 to 49.

The studies were conducted among 1 260 blacks, 385 whites, 240 coloureds and 115 Indians/Asians.

The South Gauteng High Court recently declared that words that translate to "shoot the boer" as sung by Malema constituted hate speech.

AfriForum communications and youth affairs deputy chief executive Ernst Roets, said on Thursday that the results of the TNS survey debunked criticism that the case, which was lodged by AfriForum Youth, had given Malema a platform to gain support.

"The latest research is a clear indication that Malema's support during the court case had decreased. Thus there are no merits in this argument," he said.

  • My Father - 2011-09-29 14:19

    Good news, but not good enough.

      mylord - 2011-09-29 18:35

      keep the master smile good even if yu lie

      Succubus - 2011-09-29 18:37

      Agwambo, Sounds more like you are believing what you want to believe.

      czovczov - 2011-09-30 06:44

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  • nic - 2011-09-29 14:21

    old fat boy is on his way out. adios mf !!

      PilgrimX - 2011-09-29 15:00

      Mark my words - he will be back. He has tasted the limelight, hungers for revolution and speaks the language of the masses.

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-29 16:38

      The limelight isnt the target its the good life..

  • Thandi - 2011-09-29 14:27

    Problem is that he still has two influencial supporters - showerhead and the evil cow. Perhaps when fatboy has no more supporters, someone might give the moron 2c for his service as a car guard.

  • Dal68 - 2011-09-29 14:29

    Now why would a white guy support this blatant racist??

      Quo Vadis? - 2011-09-29 14:36

      What I was wondering exactly?

      Queen_Elizabeth - 2011-09-29 14:49

      Good question! I have actually yet to meet ANYONE of ANY race, sex or culture who supports Malema.....

      parkavenue - 2011-09-29 14:51

      for a slice of "tender" pie no doubt

      Tolerant - 2011-09-29 15:02

      They are getting a tender from him or think he is a Afrikaans boytjie: "Mal Emmer"?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-29 15:16

      Note: NO support from us charos.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-29 15:26

      Does Carl no house ring a bell ?

      Felix - 2011-09-29 15:39

      I like it Curry :). Charros can spot a bad deal a mile away!

      mikedek - 2011-09-29 16:30

      In our small town, which is a DA majority we had affluent "whites" flying the ANC flag. Guess who in the past received all the tenders and contracts!! Money talks political language.

  • Patriot777 - 2011-09-29 14:34

    All one can do is laugh hysterically! What a fool he has made of himself and all who support(ed) him! I love karma!!!

      leonard - 2011-09-29 15:10

      @Patriot777....I always maintained that the cretin NEVER had any type of support other than a small, very vocal bunch of layabouts lured by the promise of a tee shirt,beer and KFC.The sooner the malema f-up can be put behind us,the better.

  • QuestionSam - 2011-09-29 14:40

    The Indians/Asians are the only clever people. Zero support !! 10 Thumbs up for the Naidoo's and the Cho's Amazing that people still see something to follow... ...some more education required.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-29 15:18

      What can I say.....

      analyse - 2011-09-29 16:07

      They were probably busy @ the shop - lol

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-29 16:26 also fell for the "1 for R5, 2 for R10 bargain"...:)

  • HiJack - 2011-09-29 14:46

    The 2% of whites that support him need a bitch slap.

      Niren - 2011-09-29 15:00

      That 2% think they are white.

      HiJack - 2011-09-29 15:08

      Ahhhh, maybe. Or its just skinny white kids trying to be gangsta, yo.

      Jack TheOnlyRipper - 2011-09-29 15:13

      The guy who did the 2% poll was color blind

      analyse - 2011-09-29 16:09

      @HiJack why insult someone's choice, thats what democracy is all about

      mfundiNdaba - 2011-09-29 16:50

      @HiJack - So are you indirectly saying white people are sheep? No? Oh okay, didn't think so either :)

      AntonioP - 2011-09-29 18:51

      The fact that as much as 2% of whites support Malema is indicative of the shocking incidence of substance abuse on our universities...

  • sardonicus - 2011-09-29 14:47

    Ultimately reason prevails...

  • Overlord - 2011-09-29 14:52

    @Dal68: White people will support this racist because almost everything he say and do is tearing the ANC apart. We must just hold our thumbs and hope the ANC does not soon realize that keeping a racist like Manyi for spokesperson is not doing the party image any good. Keeping people like Manyi and Malema in high profile positions in the ANC will only lead to the demise of the party. Viva Malema, viva Manyi ! ! !

      me - 2011-09-29 15:34

      no SGANGA it seems your the only fool on this whole comments list, it seems to me that you cant fathom anything and still follow this idiot what a BIG BIG dreamer you are VUYO

      Tolerant - 2011-09-29 15:57

      I aree with O, Malema is DA's secret weapon without him or ANC knowing about it. Thank you Malema - for Cape Town.

  • KGB007 - 2011-09-29 14:54

    I blame this lack of support on apartheid.

      me - 2011-09-29 15:36

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha i nearly fell off my chair laughing there at your comment, that must be the best thing i have heard all day!!!! you guys will find anything to blame apartheid hahahahahahaha jeez that was good

      Theo - 2011-09-29 18:33

      @me: I think that was sarcasm...

  • Queen_Elizabeth - 2011-09-29 14:55

    so 17% of SA have no common sense???

      Jack TheOnlyRipper - 2011-09-29 15:05

      I am sure Wouter Basson sprayed a gas that caused all of this

  • Ingie - 2011-09-29 14:59

    Idiot and he thought he "rocked"

      Crunchiessss - 2011-09-29 15:15

      @ Sganja - so lets blame his millions in support on apartheid right, istead of the corruption that is keeping those people unemployed and uneducated. Thats how a revolution will start.

      Big mack - 2011-09-29 15:16

      @sganja... stop eating the dog biscuits bro!!

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 15:29


      me - 2011-09-29 15:37

      exactly Sganja and that is where they will stay if they continue to support him!!! cant you put two and two together????

      Ingie - 2011-09-29 15:38

      @ Sganja:...well thats why he has the so called million supporters education, nothing & they believe what the Pr!ck says..he is making how many promises to them...they are too thick to realise this and just carry on believing. This is lying to his supporters & when will you all realize this and this goes for the ANC as well

  • Born To Fish - 2011-09-29 15:02

    Ja well......

  • Jack TheOnlyRipper - 2011-09-29 15:02

    This moron's blabbering is chasing away much needed investments that will change the lives of all the poor people he pretends he his speaking for... His nationalization and land grabbing talks sounds similar to other dictators like Mogabe, Amin and Hitler ect, all people who never gave 2 hoots about the people they are/were supposedly governing. Ever Greedy, power hungry psychopaths who will not even as much as blink if all their followers die a foul, hungry or civil war death because of his drive to self destruct the nation....

      PyroSA - 2011-09-29 20:43

      As tired as you might be of foreign investors, they are a great source of employment to build a nation with. The raw minerals will not be able to carry our country for much longer, after that we need to have other sources of income and employment. Crushing investor confidence by unfairly siezing - I mean 'nationalising' - just takes away even more of the precious jobs that could allow people to support themselves in the years to come. If we seize the mines today, why would companies invest in other sectors if they run the same risk of being seized tomorrow? They would then rather go to our African neighbours, or some of the many other alternatives.

  • domsie - 2011-09-29 15:04

    Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers....

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-09-29 15:10

    Take them all to False Bay for a looong swim!!!!!

  • Martin - 2011-09-29 15:11

    Still 17% REALLY, DUMB people left in urban areas...

  • Mlu - 2011-09-29 15:12

    I am sure Juju is reading this article on his mobile and laughing at it. He is going to appear soon blazing in a squatter camp in Limpopo with a rented crowd behind him to prove this article wrong. The sooner his cash tap in Limpopo is closed, the better. He will no longer be able to pollute our air waves with his rubbish.

      Felix - 2011-09-29 15:43

      We should just close Limpopo down, it belongs to Zanu-PF anyway.

  • Janbantjies - 2011-09-29 15:12

    Support survey - Down malema.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-29 15:14

    Is anyone surprised. His behaviour over the last year can't endear him to anyone with any sense.

  • Patriot777 - 2011-09-29 15:27

    @leonard, well said. I fully agree.

  • Peeved - 2011-09-29 15:28

    The problem with Malema is he advocates wealth without work which is appealing to the young uneducated masses, if he advocated education and skills training he would lose his support base because they would see him for the idiot he is.

      Queen_Elizabeth - 2011-09-29 15:33

      lets hope he gets suspended.....

  • mildlyamused - 2011-09-29 15:37

    The reason why fewer employed people support him is because thay realise that their hard-earned TAX money is being spent on a FULL SCALE trial trying to decide on whether a song called "Shoot the Boer" is discriminatory or not... DUH!

  • TOLDUSO - 2011-09-29 15:40

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tripwire - 2011-09-29 15:42

    This is Wishful thinking ! You must accept that he is only targeting Poor & unemployed Young / Old Black People.. By FAR this person is a HUGE threat due to the amount of support he has from this Massive slice of the SA voting group. Unfortunately this man had More POWER in the ANC than the President himself .. this is a Sad thing to say But it`s only a matter of time until this man is the President of SA and we "pale pigs" as he calls us must surrender all and run for our lives.

  • Jodi Kruger - 2011-09-29 15:43

    "His support dropped to 7% among people aged 35 to 49." Which is proof that a certain amount of wisdom comes with age!

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-29 15:45

    Who in the right mind is is the 17%?

  • 1Il_b3_b@ck - 2011-09-29 15:45

    Lol, they did a sensus on 2000 people and came to these conclusions... There are 50mil of us... Lol to inaccurate findings. Fail is Fail.

  • Koko - 2011-09-29 15:56

    It's true, if you want to be popular, tell or rather write what people would like to hear, it does not neccessaary have to be true, all those with brains would tell you where is Malema's support base...

  • CandyGirl - 2011-09-29 16:22

    Malema will be back up, you fools!

  • thulasizwe.mthethwa - 2011-09-29 17:05

    this is not a true reflection of his support, How come they did the survey when he was busy with Court cases? My guess is that his support is HIGHER than this because the convinence of the survey was NOT SPOT on.

      jen - 2011-09-29 17:40

      Sorry disagree with you Thulasizwe. I deal with students all day and they say he's considered completely uncool. So what does that matter to you or I but it matters to the youth. The support he has is amongst the uneducated unwilling to work no-hopers. Not a cool image and neither is his fat smug face and flapping mouth yakking rubbish each time it opens.

  • DC - 2011-09-29 17:08

    It's one thing to dismiss Malema, another to dismiss his support base. Although intellectually challenged, he's streetwise, and is good at speaking to the most disillusioned group in this country - young black men. Many have no hope of getting a job, ever, in their lifetime. Sure, different factions on News24 will have different views as to why - but let there be no doubt they exist, they're disappointed, they're angry, and Malema is inciting them.

  • Arthur Stead - 2011-09-29 18:02

    Those who forget history is doomed to repeat it!!, obviously Malema did not take history at school!

  • Mantsho - 2011-09-29 18:23

    Agwambo please ,why you like to talk too much rubbish?

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-29 18:56

    What? juju's rent-a-crowd not enough? Hehe -- must be really messed up if you support this fat-incompetent-corrupt-arrogant-teen-puppy-dog-malema. Why can't the Americans take this idiot out?

  • Serpentarius - 2011-10-02 14:15

    Jellyass made another enemy when he called for the overthrough of the Botswana government. The USA operates a huge strategic millitary airbase from inside Bots and threatening the stability of their host country is as good as a direct threat against the US of A itself. What happens when Jellyboy dies is between him and God...but the yanks will set up the appointment for sure.

  • Mafedi - 2011-10-03 11:57

    Theb finding in this research company are reflecting false picture comapare to what is real on the ground.How many Respondants did they interview anyway? How sure are we that Interviewers did indeed made contact with the whole pool of sampled number of the Intended LSM group?

  • Podile - 2011-10-03 12:44

    Malema is going to be the president of dis country wether u call Him fat boy or whatever.

      sasa - 2011-10-05 06:17

      He is fat, uneducated, and he clearly used to run into walls as a kid - probably while singing one of his ridiculous songs (hence the severe lack of intelligence, logic and rational) 'dis country' - did you go to the same school (pre-school) as Fat boy?

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