Young South Africans confident all races have a 'happy' future

2016-01-13 21:57


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Johannesburg - More than two thirds of South African adults are confident all population groups in the country should enjoy a happy future, independent researcher Ipsos said on Wednesday.

"With the recent media coverage of expressions of racism on social media, it is easy to believe that we are slipping back into the habits that many South Africans have worked so hard to overcome," said Ipsos spokesperson, Mari Harris.

"It is worth highlighting that the majority of South Africans, as shown in this data, are optimistic about a happy future for all of us, regardless of the current issues," Harris said.

Ipsos had collected data from a sample of 3 617 males and females aged from 15 to over 50.

Harris said overall data showed 68% of South Africa adults were optimistic about a happy future for all in the "rainbow nation", which was the highest percentage since 2008.

Of that 68%, South Africans between the ages 18 and 24 were the most optimistic, data showed, while the age group with the lowest level of confidence were those in the 50 and above category.

Geographically, Mpumalanga had the highest level of optimism at 83%, while the Western Cape had the lowest at 49%.

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