Julius Malema's support drops - survey

2012-05-16 13:00

Johannesburg - Only 20% of a group of 2 000 metropolitan adults support what Julius Malema says and does, a recent survey revealed.

"This is in the same region as the 17% of September 2011, the 21% measured in mid-2010 and down on the 27% seen at the end of 2009," the researchers said on Wednesday.

The study was conducted by TNS South Africa between April 13 and 24, before the African National Congress Youth League leader was expelled from the ANC.

Eight percent of those polled gave a "don't know" response - down from 11% last year.

Asked to agree or disagree with the statement: "I support what Julius Malema says and does", blacks were 27% in favour, whites 8%, coloureds 5%, and Indians/Asians 6%.

Drop in support

Researchers found a drop in support for Malema among 18 to 24-year-olds - to 21%, from 26% in 2001 - and a rise among 35 to 59-year-olds.

Support among 35 to 59-year-olds rose to 19% from 13%, and for 50 to 59-year-olds it rose from 7% to 14%.

Support in the 60 plus age group rose from 5% to 6%.

His support levels reach 25% among the unemployed, compared with 19% amongst those working.

Twenty one percent of men showed support for Malema, compared with 18% of women.

The gender difference was "particularly marked" for blacks, at 29% for men and 25% for women.

However, the figure for blacks is slightly up on the 26% for 2011, but down on the 30% in 2010. The 8% support from whites is also up on the 2% in 2011, and 5% in 2010.

The figure for coloureds rose from zero in 2011 and 7% in 2010.

Gauteng support

In Gauteng, Malema's overall support stood at 28%, up from 20% in September 2011. In mid 2010, it was 23% and at end 2009 it was 32%.

His highest support in Gauteng in the latest survey was in Soweto at 42% (23% in September 2011, 34% in mid 2010, 31% at end 2009) and lowest in the Vaal Triangle at 19% (31% in September 2011, 16% in mid 2010, 30% at end 2009).

In Cape Town it was 9% (11% for the three previous surveys); in Durban 10% (12% in September 2011, 24% in mid 2011, 32% at end 2009); in Port Elizabeth 9% (22% in September 2011, 8% in mid 2011, 17% at end 2009); and East London 14% (9% in September 2011, 25% in mid 2011, 24% at end 2009) and in Bloemfontein 11% (43% in September 2011, 33% in mid 2001, 40% at end 2009).

In terms of language, support levels are highest among those whose home language is Setswana (36%) and the lowest among isiXhosa speakers (22%), with isiZulu home language speakers coming in at 25% and SeSotho speakers at 29%.

  • Johan - 2012-05-16 13:03

    Let us hope he will be forgotten quickly. But I am not always trusting these opinion polls.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:12

      Loser Malema is of no use to anyone anymore, politically or otherwise, so they will drop him now. Goodbye fatboy. R.I.P.

      EspaƱyol - 2012-05-16 13:14

      It's still too high. -0.00045 will be just fine

      Tuco - 2012-05-16 13:14

      Clearly Julius Malema's support hasn't dropped for News24. Don't News24 jurnos have any better news to report on? Looks like malema was their 'cash cow'

      Dennis - 2012-05-16 13:22

      W T F Why are you,News24, still publishing articles about this dead dog ?

      John - 2012-05-16 13:25

      they wasted all htis time doing a poll on a nobody with all these different breakdowns, what a waste of time, would rather spend it at the dentist or washing my car, biggest load of cr@p i have ever read.

      Christopher - 2012-05-16 13:26

      News 24, STOP with this bad news reporting. Be a proper internet news agency and investigate!! Do you have journalists(real ones) You seriously had to put Malema here. SAD

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 13:35

      I am not convinced by this survey.

      E=MC2 - 2012-05-16 13:43

      takes certain people a bit longer for things to sink in...

      Mark - 2012-05-16 13:51

      Agree with Johan. I mean where did they get the 6% for Indians. Only Magdelene Moonsamy supports him. And the 8% Whites also can't be true.

      Sean - 2012-05-16 14:03

      @Tsotsi-Baby- Because the survey doesn`t suit you , now it doesn`t count , lol ! So typical !

      Buzz - 2012-05-16 14:08

      From this poll we can conclude that 20% of the citizenry are COMPLETE moron's (As per the demographic breakdown provided...)

      Michael - 2012-05-16 14:10

      Rob, do you really know who is TNS SA? Your comment suggest the reaserachers have prime responsibility of looking after the country. Now before you label people "morons" you must look in the mirror first! ... and please rfts in future! Oops, that goes for "morons" who gave you thumbs up!

      Bryan - 2012-05-16 14:10

      Yawwwwwnn..!! Who actually gives a crap anyway??

      James - 2012-05-16 14:40

      @Rob. Your posting reads that the Goverment or ANC did the Poll. The article clearly states "The study was conducted by TNS South Africa between April 13 and 24" Not the brightest button are u?

      Michael - 2012-05-16 14:58

      @James, Thanks for being the voice of reason. It seems Rob still doesn't get me. The issue got nothing to do with ANC nor the government. Tackle the ball not the man. That's why most opinions posted on this site seldom address the topic under discussion...

      James - 2012-05-16 15:13

      seems as Rob has deleted his post. Could at least have apologised

  • jacques.koorts - 2012-05-16 13:05

    This article would have been better had it been bar & pie graphs. Who wants to read stats and remember all the figures to form a picture? This is old school.

      Arthur - 2012-05-16 13:21

      Bwahahahaa! GOod one Rikesh

      Alan - 2012-05-16 14:08

      Who is julius?

      Alan - 2012-05-16 14:09

      yeah - good point - Juju and Pie charts go together. whaahaaa

  • IAnon - 2012-05-16 13:06

    TNS South Africa - don't you have anything else to do?

      Peter - 2012-05-16 13:25

      They should merge with news24.

  • Herman - 2012-05-16 13:06

    Did he actually had supporters? POOR SUPPORTERS!

      Johan - 2012-05-16 13:07

      And I am somewhat stunned that they claim 8% whites support him!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:11

      Johan those are albinos

      Msika - 2012-05-16 13:39

      @Charles Dumbwin, you comment makes me wanna puke. Sies!!. So, what are albinos to you? Less human? Animals?

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:53

      that comment made you wanna puke ??? why, you got something against albinos?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-16 14:23

      no Charles they are South AfriCAN and you are a South AfriCAN'T

      WhiteTsotsi - 2012-05-16 14:50

      Johan - Dont be too stunned. There are many whites like me who support Julius. Do not put whites in the same box. I am entitled to my opinion. Julius's methods are maybe not always the best, but he has a vision for a definite move to uplift the youth of our country.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 15:29

      Aaah, that's sweet. A student hippy liberal, embracing all cultures and tribes. We'll see how much you embrace them when you realise there is no place for a white within the ANC

      monkinsane - 2012-05-17 12:39

      @WhiteTsotsi - We'll se how much you support him when he takes power and starts taking the song "Kill the white people" one step further. Wake up and smell the ashes. No one in his right mind would want Julius in a position of power. You actually think that Juju gives a damn about the youth? The only thing he cares about is the amount of zeros in his bank account.

  • Arthur - 2012-05-16 13:08

    Who cares.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 13:38

      South Africa cares

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-16 14:18

      Tsotsi-Baby..The survey was done by Charles Dumbwin, Herman, Hugh, Alan, jacques.koorts, Sean, Marius, E=MC2, JohanLombard, etc... I wasnt expect the results to be otherwise since they like to spew Anti-Malema garbage.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 14:23

      hey look, I got a shout out, thank PolioDonkey

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-16 14:39

      No problem Charles...

  • Greg - 2012-05-16 13:09

    People are fortunately beginning to make sense...forget this fool...

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:10

    Aaaaah, poor little JuJu. No support? Maybe fatboy needs a bigger cup size?

  • r.mashigo - 2012-05-16 13:11

    Boo freakin hoo...who gives a sheep??

  • Bob - 2012-05-16 13:13

    even the mighty shall fall...

  • Farmworker - 2012-05-16 13:14

    I just can't trust that any survey was conducted, it (TNS South Africa) is lying again. How did they reach the conclusion, did they ask the same people they asked the last time. It is possible that those who did not support him are supporting him but were just not asked again I challenge anyone who was sample to partake in the survey to please indicate so.

      James - 2012-05-16 14:45

      Try taking a course in stats tannie

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-16 15:10

      Dit is wat hulle 'n steekproef noem.

  • mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-16 13:15

    Drop or wthout drop of support malema is one of d leader who wil b remembered jst an error of tym.take dis useless stats of yours n give ur chldren 2 study it maybe it wil hlp dem in their studies.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:20

      may b d studeez will hlp u wt yr poor spelling

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:21

      t8k yr stupd argumnts n shuv m whe d sun dnt shine

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-16 13:25

      1 ov da dumb 20%

      Peter - 2012-05-16 13:26

      @Charles Dumbwin its shyn not shine lol

      Nigel - 2012-05-16 13:33

      Remembered for what? Being the idiot of the Century?

      Msika - 2012-05-16 13:46

      @mandla.shikwambana, your spelling needs some serious attention. Have you noticed that, everytime you post a comment, readers here focuses more on the spelling rather than the context of your comment. Is it too much mxit maybe?

      Sean - 2012-05-16 14:06

      @mandla.shikwambana - I don`t think studying is your strong point !

      Farmworker - 2012-05-16 14:21

      Does the spelling matters, as long as you get the message. I am certain that if you knew any other African languages you would appreciates a black person writing English they s/he does. Don't have an opinion, don't comment about irrelevant things

      mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-16 15:27

      Im hapi u got d message and you all knw dat wht im sayng is true.can u say something 2 challenge my statement den i wil respect you. weak in debating ask da 2 arrange some political lectures maybe it can help u focus on the topic.

      Nigel - 2012-05-16 17:40

      srry, icnt undrsnd wht th fck yo r trng to sy.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-17 12:44

      mandla.shikwambana - If i could understand a word of that statement I might be able to give a valid opinion, but unfortunately I dont speak or understand MXIT.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-16 13:15

    No one is interested in a old used condom. Its had its use, now it must just be thrown away.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:23

      Juju is no longer the government's first CHOICE

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-16 13:26

      Agreed Charles.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 13:39

      Insults like these just fuel the comrade in me

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 13:57

      Tsotsi. He was for the people till he got Rich with the support of yourselves. They all are just for them selves.

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 14:03

      Insults like these just fuels the comrade in me

      Sean - 2012-05-16 14:08

      @Tsotsi-Baby - Truth hurts , lol !

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 14:12

      Gave you two warnings...its time to unleash the wrath of the comrade

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 14:29

      oh no, here comes another disorganised riot

  • George - 2012-05-16 13:15

    U wish

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-16 13:20

    20% dumb asses.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-16 13:23

    and soon they will say Julius who???

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:26

      Oo la la

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 13:40

      NO WAY

      Arthur - 2012-05-16 13:56

      Julias? Julias Who?

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-16 14:40

      They may soon say Julius The President of SA.

      monkinsane - 2012-05-17 12:46

      Poloyatonki - Sadly, you may be right - God help us all if that ever happens.

  • Vaughan - 2012-05-16 13:29

    Okay Zuma won, Malema lost... Can we please move on already.

  • Marius - 2012-05-16 13:29

    I support Malema as long as he is dividing the ranks within the ANC.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:31

      don't worry, there will be other money and power-hungry malemas who will be there to divide and conquer within the rooling putty

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-16 13:40

      What about economic freedom?

      Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 14:03

      Tsotsi that freedom you are talking about is a myth. I haven't seen any of those in any part of the world. Enrich top bras yes. Very rich top bras, then they will start with dicitions with out your vote. Zim is nationalized, poor people on the street are hungry man.

  • Msika - 2012-05-16 13:35

    Who cares? I dont give a crack!!

  • ericsdoms - 2012-05-16 13:36

    Polls are for skiers and strippers - Sarah Palin

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-16 15:18

      Who is she???

  • konanani.nesamvuni - 2012-05-16 13:38

    I didn't knew some of the whites people support Juju .

  • riaanleroux25 - 2012-05-16 13:38

    guess those 20% also failed wood work

  • salani.hulela - 2012-05-16 13:41

    F************************ck your survey,it can only grow bustard!!!!!!!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 13:52

      listen salami, all I know about a bustard is that it rhymes with custard.

      Arthur - 2012-05-16 14:00

      Salami needs some mustard, but its Juju Juice for which he lusted.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-16 14:03

      Lol Charles.

  • The-third - 2012-05-16 13:44

    WHO GIVES A *****? Let the man disappear into nothingness now please. He's not relevant anymore. The sooner we just ignore him and don't provide the platform to air his views, the sooner he's go tend his cattle (and try stay out of jail for tax evasion, corruption etc)

  • Vernon - 2012-05-16 13:45

    his bank balance also seems to have dropped

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 13:46

    So if it was 8% that voted. Over 400 000 people did it. This could be that malemas mouth was bigger than our current politicians . They better step up or he will take the cho cho ( bribes)away from them.

  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-16 13:51

    Whites vote for maletministation malema with what pole stripper?????

  • Tawizee - 2012-05-16 13:59

    Malema this, Malema that. What's next? "How long does Malema take to sh.t?"

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 14:03

      about as fast as you can say 'retrenched'

      mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-16 15:36

      @colen that must b brought into their attention comrade aluta.

  • Hadebe - 2012-05-16 14:09

    I am a metropolis adult too, i didnt see nobody comin to ask whether i like malema or not, but i saw a van full of DA suppoters passin by, by the luk of thing, they were asking each ada whether they like malema or not.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-05-16 14:17

      Hehehe jou missed the van!

      Pulverturm - 2012-05-16 14:35

      Was it full of bricks like COSATU claims?

      cedric.maleka - 2012-05-16 15:34

      Hahahahahaha,I like ur statement.

      Banele - 2012-05-17 16:38


  • andrea.slater - 2012-05-16 14:10

    Please, oh please, (and I know I'm as guilty of clicking on these headlines as everyone) can we stop clicking on these frikken links? So sick of this guy still making headlines...

  • nhla.prv - 2012-05-16 14:16

    And he still gets media coverage..He sells the papers!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 14:22

      you're right, I saw him on William Nicole this morning with a pile of Homeless Talk

  • Thando - 2012-05-16 14:18

    What bwt farmers??..........their absence is conspicious.......

  • Phumi - 2012-05-16 14:21

    No one takes these sponsored views from a reactionary organisation like TNS seriously. We all know that they did this survey amongst the well-off and well-to-dos of Sandton and sarrounding areas! The majority of the youth of this country who are ignored by capitalists mpimpis like TNS know who their chief economic freedom commander is!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-16 14:31

      Pieter Mulder?

      Thabang - 2012-05-16 21:47

      elethu comrade!

  • Joy - 2012-05-16 14:25

    This side start be boring, Malema 1 Malema 2 we need real stories that affecting South Africans. Pls

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-16 14:32

      malema this malema that. give us real issues pleas.

  • godfrey.melamu - 2012-05-16 14:27

    TNS research is shabby and lack fundamentals of scientific credentials.Their analysis and interpretation is fund lacking and disappoiting in field of research.They failed to tell what is their margin of error, the size of sample is minimal for the magnitude of this research given it purpotes to national.The components and method of data gathering is not ideal for the intensions and purpose of the research.The banchmark of comparison is disappointing and misleading.Overall this reseach outcome belong to file 13, dustbin for paper recycling, not worth of the our time of reading and waste of technological resources and materials.WE NEED REAL RESEARCH FOR PROPER ANALTSIS AND INTERPRETATION NOT THIS SO CAALED RESEARCH.DISAPPOINTED TO THE CORE.

  • jen.bader - 2012-05-16 14:31

    "Only 20% of a group of 2 000 metropolitan adults support what Julius Malema says and does, a recent survey revealed". WooHoo, when his main support base are rural people and none were surveyed in Polokwane. The population is about 50 million so 2000 is not representative. Are we suppose to be impressed???

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-05-16 14:32

    In 2009 at a church opening in Seshego JZ said Malema will oneday inherit the ANC . Two days ago Malema said he will lead the ANC . With or without these surveys both JZ and Malema's dreams are still a possibility . Be afraid , be very afraid

      thinga - 2012-05-16 15:08

      ...afraid of what? Is Malema's objective to make us afraid?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-16 15:31

      some are afraid of him and his presidency . . . .whether that is part of his objective to instill fear in others I don't know

  • Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-16 14:34

    The media is waisting time on stupid guy,i dont have time to read this stupid fiquers!

  • Ringeta - 2012-05-16 14:34

    Zille has taken Malema's war strategy.

  • Cedric Papa-Junior Kgatla - 2012-05-16 14:34

    The media is waisting time on stupid guy,i dont have time to read this stupid fiquers!

  • Lordwick - 2012-05-16 14:41

    This polls were taken where the majority is news24 trolls!!! I AM PUTTING IT STRAIGHT AS I KNOW IT,AN HOUR AFTER JULIS ON NEWS24 THEN THE PAGE WOULD BE CLOSED FOR COMMENTS.

      WhiteTsotsi - 2012-05-16 14:48

      Well I support Julius Malema. I am white and although I don't always support his methods, he at least has a vision for the youth of South Africa.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-17 07:14

      White Tstotsi: most of juju's following is illiterate - how did you manage to slip through the cracks? Are you also hanging around for a free mine, farm, house whatever?

  • thozi - 2012-05-16 14:47

    Whatever you think of him, this young deliquent is not normal. The sooner people realise that, the better.

  • Hester - 2012-05-16 14:57

    How boring is the article. Yawn!!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-05-16 15:01

    Sorry ....who is malema? Durban weather is beautiful today.

      mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-16 15:51

      You must be a forienger.

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-05-16 18:19

      President in the making 'jerke'

  • howard.komati - 2012-05-16 15:04

    This is nt bad as long as the survey shows tht adults support him tht will make it easy to explain to those who dnt understand the root of the problem.

  • schalk.mattheys - 2012-05-16 15:07


  • Dianne - 2012-05-16 15:07

    Havn't we ALL had enough of this corrupt little parasite now!

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-05-16 15:17

    Who cares?

  • collen.masetla - 2012-05-16 16:34


  • Nigel - 2012-05-16 17:38

    sorry who is this guy??

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-05-16 18:29

      Know you not chana??the future president of RSA..

      Hadebe - 2012-05-16 20:52

      Hes legin

  • phosa.peter2 - 2012-05-16 18:25

    Here at news24 forum, 'a day down without malema is a crime to the tabloid',hefty fine to the!!