Zuma's support among youth at all-time low

2012-11-06 13:05

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's support among young South Africans has hit an all-time low, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

It had slumped from 40% in July this year to 32% at present, consumer insights company Pondering Panda said in a statement.

"Only one in three young South Africans think that Zuma is doing a good job as president of running the country."

The survey conducted at the end of October polled 3 371 South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34.

Pondering Panda said young black South Africans were most likely to approve of the president's performance, with 36% giving him the thumbs up.

In contrast, only 17% of white respondents, 11% of coloureds, and 13% of Indians thought he was doing a good job.

Support for Zuma fell among all racial groups, compared to the July survey.

Zuma received most support from the youth in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, with 48% of them approving of his leadership.

His score was the lowest in the Western Cape, at 18%.

Zuma will be seeking re-election at the African National Congress's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-11-06 13:19

    1 in 3? That still equates to millions! Sigh..

      elewies - 2012-11-06 13:43

      32% too much - 2012-11-06 14:10

      Careful what you wish for..... The Youth want Malema to run this country... Better the devil you know?

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-06 14:27

      well from herd boy to president? shows you that normal laws dont apply in SA. Want to get to the top? be a criminal like Zooma!!! All hope for this country is lost thanks to the ANC.....African native criminals....

      andre.ernstzen - 2012-11-06 14:35

      Hard to grasp. Out of the millions of sperm cells. This oke (Zuma) won the race

      ian.flack2 - 2012-11-06 14:43

      Obscenis, peream, Zuma, si non uti me pudet improbisque verbis sed cum tu posito deus pudore ostendas mihi coleos patentes cum cunno mihi mentula est vocanda

      tw2066 - 2012-11-06 14:44

      Of the millions of sperm cells, this one Zipper won because a. He had a political solution to win b. the others too thick not to let him win c. He lied to get to the front d. He was helped along by BBBEE, which only benefits a few, his cell being the privileged one.

      andre.ernstzen - 2012-11-06 14:56

      17% white youth thinks Zuma is doing a great job? What I miss?

      freddie.miff - 2012-11-06 15:16

      17% of white respondents thought he was doing a good jod? What nonsense, I doubt there are even 17 in the whole country who think this, nevermind 17%.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-06 15:28

      10 million less supporters can make a difference...

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-06 15:55

      Yes 17% of white youth?? where would they get that 17% from when the ANC is actively and openly discriminating against them when it comes to the job market? For ant white person to support the ANC would be like digging your own grave......

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-06 13:21

    1- I could have figured that out myself 2- Those that gave him a thumbs up are either employed by the anc or recieve tenders from the government. 3- I fail to see the newsworthiness of this article. It's boring.

      tw2066 - 2012-11-06 14:46

      The old saying goes "stupidity knows no bounds", and that applies to 48% of KZN youngsters apparently.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-06 15:29

      True, i have read it before. N24 like to repeat articles.

  • typersa.baddy - 2012-11-06 13:22

    I cannot believe that there is still 32% that think he is doing a great job!! Where have they?? Living under a rock?? O ja, they probably are, under his control!!

      Patrick T Muavha - 2012-11-06 13:33

      they are nkandla youth,dont be suprise.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-11-06 13:41


      simon.pearce.790 - 2012-11-06 14:41

      probably his offspring!

      Havokreeka - 2012-11-06 14:47

      New study just in!!! 1 out of 3 youths in SA are retarded!

  • brendon.lezar - 2012-11-06 13:23

    "In contrast, only 17% of white respondents, 11% of coloureds, and 13% of Indians thought he was doing a good job." Who are these ignorant fools? They can't even claim to be culturally aligned to the "leader".

      tsepiso.lekitlane - 2012-11-06 14:12

      The 13% are the Guptas and the Schaiks

      Havokreeka - 2012-11-06 14:48

      @Brendon Stupid people come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-06 15:59

      yes correct on the Guptas and shaiks.....mmmm the other 11% would be from Tina joemat Pieterson and the 17% of whites would be Gill marcus and her offspring....

      madmountain - 2012-11-06 18:49

      It's the people in Jail, things are good for them so they're happy with him.

  • lesmanbanda - 2012-11-06 13:26

    What were you expecting, what i know for sure he is a good dancer

      handy.andy.3990 - 2012-11-06 13:55

      haha, that is true yes.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-06 15:30


      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-11-06 17:59

      haha better than tannie Zille - Pieter Dirk in his 'elections and ere*tions* [in case censored] said it best - 'Hellen Zille dans soos 'n vrou met 'n springkaan in haar p**s.'

  • Warren Mudge - 2012-11-06 13:27

    get the message already kloofkop, you are no longer the flavour of the month!

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-06 16:00

      he never was....

  • nicholas.mfanawakhe - 2012-11-06 13:28

    He don't deserve that 32%

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2012-11-06 13:58

      Ah Mandlo, facts don't lie. Your opinion vs almost 3400... Don't come and pretend yours matters more. Be logical here

      thembantc.cele - 2012-11-06 14:38

      of course he deserves more u r 100% right my brother

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-06 15:31

      What did he do to deserve anything? Oh wait, i forgot, respect is given to people who steal and lie...

  • mphogift.mukwevho - 2012-11-06 13:32


  • handy.andy.3990 - 2012-11-06 13:36

    It is irrelevant what the youth thinks of him, as they can't vote for him. They continue to vote for the ANC and hoping for the best wrt to the president. warped system.

      LynneOeschger - 2012-11-06 14:16

      Well, that is just a full-retard statement Andy. These are people between the age of 18 and 34. They can vote. Some of them for the first time.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-11-06 13:40

    the fact that anyone thinks Zuma is doing a good job, is worrying.....wether its Zuma or Mothlante or anyone else, nothing will change, the ANC is useless & has no clue how to fix SA's mounting social problems, even if rumors are true & there is a breakaway party being formed (SANC) by those opposed to Zuma, they will be just as useless & continue where the ANC left off with incompetence, arrogance, ignorance, corruption & just plain stupidity. Black people cant run SA on their own, the only way to save SA is for a collective effort from all races working in unity & harmony, but this looks like a long way off, they seem intent to rather starve than entertain the obvious.

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-11-06 15:54

      I dont know what are you smoking because even the current useless government is not ran by blacks only i.e. Marthinus vn Schalkwyk, Derrick Hanekom, Jill Marcus must i go on? go book an appointment with the optimetrist to have your eyes checked

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-06 16:04

      nigel.vanysendyk:the only way to save SA is for a collective effort from all races working in unity & harmony, but this looks like a long way off, Yes mate that is called separate development, because racial integration leads to slower development.....I think the that fact is staring us in the eye.....

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-06 13:42

    At last some sense from the youth - lets just hope they can help get rid of this moron.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-06 13:42

    Good, it shows that the youth have seen through this clown.

  • zeepolar - 2012-11-06 13:50

    The survey conducted at the end of October polled 3 371 South Africans between the ages of 18 and 34 LOL. i never trust these polls though. and do they always have to mention how many black vs white people support Zuma?? who cares. give us figures of how many people support zuma and how many dont, that's all that counts at the end of the day. i dont give a hoot about the racial composition of those figures. this is SA, there are more black people. there will always be more black people who support him and more black people who dont support him vs any other race. geez!! stop with these stupid surveys. in a country with a population of over 50 million, you poll just over 3000 and think you have an idea of what south africans are thinking? the 2014 poll will give these stupid surveys a run for their money.

  • barend.steyn.9 - 2012-11-06 13:52

    This man is a disaster and must be removed from power as soon as possible. We haven't got much time left.

  • jackey.moss - 2012-11-06 13:54

    32% to many, but in SA,30% can pass u matric, so according to him, he has the vote of the youth.

  • B.b. - 2012-11-06 13:56

    Lol funny how politics is being desrcibed today,,,after the survey we would like to see the researcher graduating through such investigation,,,we don't want people to tell us who loves who,,,we want u to compare service delivery through different municipalities, provinces as well as the nation,,,tell us how it has decreased compared to the previous years,,,in terms of job opportunities, it is true that in South Africa there are many job opportunities referring to the number of foreigners who r making money in RSA,,,pls conduct research based on those things, not on who loves who,,,that is cheap politics

  • denis.delaport - 2012-11-06 13:56

    Wow! I am amazed, just like in 1976 the youth have the wisdom, the elders have ?????????? mmmmmmmmmm GREEEEEEEEEEEEED.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-11-06 14:03

    you real think these youths are detached from their parents you must be living in another planet

      LynneOeschger - 2012-11-06 14:20

      Great. So 18 years of no apartheid means nothing? Multi-racial schooling and cultural exposure means nothing? Pfft! What rubbish. The next elections will be the first that allow the born-frees to vote. Let's wait and see.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-06 14:07

    As usual, these surveys are rubbish. i 3000 people arent the youth and the "youth" arent only black kids ffs. host a NATIONWIDE survey where every person from 18-34 is asked this question then we'll see REAL stats.

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-11-06 14:21

      They didn't only survey blacks... did you read further than the word 'black'? However I do agree that PP's surveys seem pretty flawed since they use mxit as their only source of data - that of which provides something far from being a representative sample of the young population. You don't need to survey the entire population to get an accurate report but you need to know where to get your data.

      phae.rayden - 2012-11-06 14:35

      Woudln't it be great if all ATM's were programmed with yes no options for important surveys using ID numbers? At least a larger section of the population could be used for collecting data.

  • peter.jordaan.5 - 2012-11-06 14:13

    And the rest of the world think he is a disgrace and complete embarrassment not only to SA but himself .... the giggling shower head ...

  • SamGoldberg - 2012-11-06 14:13

    Well at least those 32% are still supporting their dad.

  • dan.gleebits.33 - 2012-11-06 14:19

    What's the difference? The ANC does not give a flying f**k since the system is that voters do not have any direct input into electing a particular candidate of their choice. Zuma will be imposed on SA at Mangaung and the corrupt cadres do not have to face the music via public opinion at the ballot box. This is the source of SA's decline: There is no direct responsibility to constituents - power is derived from the inner party workings, and absolute greed is having the inevitable results. Zuma and his cohorts won't stop swimming in the gravy willingly.

  • sango.jika - 2012-11-06 14:27

    So 17% of whites think Zuma is doing good, i thought every white person wanted zuma out.

      dan.gleebits.33 - 2012-11-06 14:39

      That was the "sympathy" vote for the mental "challenges" that JZ faces...

      sango.jika - 2012-11-06 14:57

      hahaha Dan i am surprised its either this survey is rong or white people just love JZ they just don't want to admit it.

  • mmaphongwana - 2012-11-06 14:35

    Zuma must step down pls,I love my ANC but the thought of him as a president for a second time makes me sick!

  • TeeM - 2012-11-06 14:36

    I have never been part of these surveys...

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-06 14:38

    Zuma is doing a good job feathering his own nest, and that of his cronies.

  • qhuggett - 2012-11-06 14:42

    17% of white poeple. Ya you see its you 17% bring us all down

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-06 14:45

    Not surprising .... Zuma has done nothing to ensure a positive outlook for the future and he certainly is no role model!

  • ringetadaniel.mashimbye - 2012-11-06 14:47

    WE DO NOT NEED THE YOUTH 'S VIEW about Zuma. They were born free. Zuma our president.

  • phelelani.sukude - 2012-11-06 14:48

    Awu shame! Another attempt by Zuma haters.What I know is that in a democracy majority rules.You might hate Zuma but believe you me there are also those who believe in him.The more u insult him the more support he continue with your tirade* Zuma for President*

      debduplessis - 2012-11-06 15:45

      Only those who lack the ability to think reasonably for themselves would follow Zuma, why do you think he concentrates on dumbing-down the nation & the matric pass rates! a) he doesn't want to be shown up (does not want competition) and b) who would follow him then???

      joyce.beeton - 2012-11-06 20:28

      Majority may rule but the minority have the brains!

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2012-11-06 14:50

    The 32 % are his children and his wives.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-11-06 15:51

    Operation cut the water supply to the shower head is in full swing - ABZ

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-11-06 15:53

    Zuma still has support other than his subjects living by his new palace....?

  • sikho.ntshengulana - 2012-11-06 15:54

    Based on the views of 3 700 members of the youth? How do we know we can trust these surveys by pondering panda? What if they are another servant of white interests..Zuma has done a fair job so far..the criticism he has received is unreasonable..#Viva2ndTerm!!

      frederik.vanas - 2012-11-06 16:09

      you need help mate...urgently.....or you must be living in a far away country....

      mfanafuthi.mhlungu - 2012-11-07 08:52

      Nakajani sifuna yona i second term

  • Lungisa Nhlakanipho Zondi - 2012-11-06 17:01

    Who conducted this survey and where? I am also counted among the youth but no one came to me to ask me about Zuma, whom I 100% do not support!

  • braamc - 2012-11-06 17:50

    Down with this criminal

  • bee.mthethwa - 2012-11-06 17:53

    do not buy too much on the stats, lol 3000 out of +-30m young ppl, is invalid stat. lol like it or not Zuma stays for another term.

  • gareth.hart.965 - 2012-11-06 19:54

    Do they want him out and somebody resembling a Malema in?

  • duncan.phopi - 2012-11-06 21:09

    im not suprise with the percentage of youth from his hometown. if we put tribe into consideration we definently deprive our thoughts to c the big picture. zuma is incapable to emacipate the masses from from poverty.

  • Tebogo - 2012-11-07 08:26

    Zuma must go! \r\n\r\nHe is at an all time low and corruption is at an all time high. \r\n\r\nWhat a mooron!!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-11-07 10:44

    wait. there are people who believe he is doing a good job? are they blind?

  • mzondistanley - 2012-11-12 17:27

    Youth need Guidance and the most impudent Youths are found in Soth Africa, they do not know the difference between what is right and is not right!! What is mine and what is not mine!! Drinking , Mariana and do not respect their Elders!!

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