Motlanthe beats Zuma in approval rating

2012-12-17 14:19

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's national approval level is 52%, while Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's is at 70%, according to a survey released on Monday.

"The survey found that, overall, 52% of people surveyed approved of the way President Zuma is doing his job," TNS South Africa said in a statement.

The survey was conducted between 6 and 10 December via cellphone amongst a national sample of 3 100 people aged between 18 and 45 and living in South Africa's metro and non-metro areas.

The study showed that in metro areas the figure for Zuma fell slightly to 49%, but rose to 58% in non-metro areas.

Motlanthe's approval level was 70% overall, 67% in metro areas and 75% in non-metro areas.

"The previous metro reading for the deputy president was 51%. He has maintained a small lead over the president the whole year, but this has now widened considerably."


TNS said that as always in South African political matters, there were major differences by race.

As the study was done a few days before the African National Congress's national elective conference in Mangaung, it was worth noting that amongst black South Africans approval levels were, as usual, higher than for other groups, TNS said.

Among blacks, Zuma had a 57% approval rating and Motlanthe 75%. In metro areas Zuma's approval rating fell and Motlanthe's rose.

Whilst there were no differences by gender for the figures for the president, the figures for the deputy president show higher approval levels among men.

No age differences occur for Motlanthe, but the figures show a rise in approval amongst younger people for Zuma.

"Not surprisingly, President Zuma's ratings are highest in KwaZulu-Natal, 64%, whereas Deputy President Motlanthe's figures are highest in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West, 80%."

  • ewanvw - 2012-12-17 14:27

    Go Motlanthe

      junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-12-17 16:41

      I support you EWANVW and hope he beats Mr Shower at Mangaung too, unfortunately only tribalist are allowed to vote there :(

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-12-18 00:41

      Was it the same sample they were surveying? Interesting statistics and method to yield such high approvals for antagonist candidates.

  • louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-12-17 14:27

    How can they have double digit approval ratings?

      beverly.young3 - 2012-12-17 15:19

      Its AFrica boet! truth does not matter....LOL!! I cant wait for the results.

  • flower.fourie - 2012-12-17 14:32

    "The survey found that, overall, 52% of people surveyed approved of the way President Zuma is doing his job," TNS South Africa said in a statement. Where do these people live?

      gray.braatvedt - 2012-12-17 14:58

      Another amazing stat comes out of this ... 52% of South Africans are ignoranuses

      Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-12-17 16:31

      In the squatter camps enroute to Nkandla ?aHa?aº°°°°°º??=))

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-17 14:34

    The headline would be more meaningful if it stated that 48% of people surveyed did not approve of the way that zuma was doing his job. That is surely a massive statement of no-confidence!

  • jeremy002 - 2012-12-17 14:34

    Come on now. 52% for Zuma, and 70% for Mothlante gives you 122%. Fail. You cannot have 2 separate surveys. You need to have only one survey where the people surveyed are asked to choose between the two, but not both. If it was one survey and you got these results, then one has to conclude that you cannot give voting rights to people such as this. Ne?

      robert.clark.16906715 - 2012-12-17 14:56

      Some people may have stated that both do their Jobs, hence a higher that 100% total.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-17 15:19

      52persent of the people said Zuma dit well. The same groep was asked how Mothlante is doing his job and then 70persent of the same group he is doing good job. Don't ad appels to bananas

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-17 15:34

      Who's voting for TNS ??

  • mike.lamb.7777 - 2012-12-17 14:54

    "The survey found that, overall, 52% of people surveyed approved of the way President Zuma is doing his job," AND ( by inference, )" 70% of people surveyed approved of the way Vice President Motlanthe is doing HIS job " (where's the arithmetic conflict?)

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-17 15:29

      No conflict, they rated 2 different JOBS and not persons, it's just coincidence that these two people were doing these 2 jobs. They compared apples with pears, in other words.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-17 16:07

      Eish Mike, slip of the mind?

  • robert.phiri.1297 - 2012-12-17 14:55

    We don't care about those ratings the ANC at Mangaung will decide who will lead it.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-12-17 14:55

    Zero for maths! no wonder our kids are failing maths dismally 52% and 70% is 122% Lets give you a maths lesson 100% minus 52% = 48% eish !!!

      mike.lamb.7777 - 2012-12-17 15:09

      As soon as the survey begins with ( for example ) " I'd like to ask you two questions" then the percentages no longer have to add up to 100. GOT IT?

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-17 16:00

      Zero for Maureen!

      abram.spamers - 2012-12-17 16:14

      @mapepaki - the survey didn't directly compare Zuma and Motlanthe. They basically asked "Do you think person A is doing his job right?" then "Do you think person B is doing his job right?". It only needs to add up to 100% if they ask "Which of A and B is doing the better job?". Its just the stupidly written article that makes it sound like it was a comparison.

      jacowium - 2012-12-17 19:31

      Zero for comprehension skills, mapepaki.

      mthetheleli.ntshobololo.1 - 2012-12-17 23:11

      @Abram, they say Motlanthe beats Zuma, what does that mean??? these surveys are bull s**t. Motlanthe hasn't done any remarkable job to be seen as better than Zuma (not saying Zuma is doing a good job).

  • Simthembile Zembe - 2012-12-17 14:58

    That does not reflec the Mangaung deligate's views or numbers. So, its uninfluential to the decision that will be taken at Mangaung.

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-17 15:06

    TNS = Napster = DA = WDGAF.

  • graeme.murray.9 - 2012-12-17 15:08

    Viva Motlanthe!

  • mmamotshatsha.mothudi - 2012-12-17 15:10

    SA politics is not on principle...wait until 21h00 today

  • augusto.lugoboni - 2012-12-17 15:10

    So in other words, Zuma got a D- and the other dude just managed a B- :-)

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-12-17 15:25

      nope, anything above 30 = A and anything below 30 = B They are rated equally according to ANC rating system.

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-12-17 15:22

    And the sh#t kickers who wholeheartedly support Zuma what are they basing their loyalty upon??

  • herman.letlalo - 2012-12-17 15:31

    well, that doesn't count in mangaung

  • Sharon - 2012-12-17 15:34

    Let sanity prevail - Zooma out and forgotten

      Elizabeth Sediro - 2013-07-01 16:48

      people lets gwt rid of him

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-12-17 15:34

    Mxm bt msholozi wll retain his position. Lets wait n c

  • dickenseze - 2012-12-17 15:36

    ratings??those ratings that u hv bn posting all along wl never save motlanthe as voters ar frm de ANC branches,so gv us de anc branhes ratings pliz!

  • moses.m.masilela - 2012-12-17 15:45

    Still, those who don't want Zuma are not delegates. Zuma must go regardless of this.

      Elizabeth Sediro - 2013-07-01 16:47

      yes masilela, if people can vote for motlanthe instad of zuma, then we can be relieved

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-12-17 15:47

    We can only but hope and pray!

  • roiboss - 2012-12-17 15:48

    What's that got to do with anything

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-17 15:48

    Well done Motlanthe!! - Have rcvd my Time Magazine and another article claiming how corrupt Zuma and his croonies are quoting = "SASI Unit,which targets corruption, has reported that about a fifth of state procurement spending - 3.8BILLION$ a year - is lost to deliberate overpayment and graft. The country's main government watch-dog, the audit general, says a third of all government departments have awarded contracts to companies owned by officials or their families;it adds that in some provinces,as many as 75% of government contracts are suspect.Inequality;as measured by the Gini coefficient-the globally recognized measure of disparity within nations-has actually increased sine the end of apartheid.In Oct the ANC was hit with a new scandal.This time it was Zuma who was at the centre of questions about the $28million the South African press allege the state is spending on what it says are security upgrades at the president's private country home at Nkandla, north of Durban. Thecountry's government ombudsman is now investigating. Zuma has denied all allegations of ciminality "People are saying this, but it is untrue" For Zuma to lie and trying to get away with it will not happen. Zuma do u not realise that THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING YOU AND KNOW WHAT A THIEF YOU ARE - I certainly hope tha somebody else will take over the Presidancy !!!!

  • zandi.bonyongo - 2012-12-17 15:49

    Zuma o tlaa bona story!!

  • jacques.jacobs.180 - 2012-12-17 15:51

    It's a shame that the general public, that they used for the survey, are not the ones voting at the conference. The ones voting are the corrupt Zuma cronies.

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-17 15:53

    It is clear the the education sistem failed as some comments show. I don't think people understand what they read and know nothing about stats. Also, it show that the people who is going to vote for the ANC president will not vote with their brains but with their harts.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-17 16:04

      system...........hearts.....Wonder about the education myself

      tsheposiyaya.rampatla - 2012-12-17 18:08


  • Tawizee - 2012-12-17 16:00

    Unofortunately the survey or whatever it is won't vote @Mangaung

  • tuwanir - 2012-12-17 16:19

    Unfortunately the survey results will not have an effect on the ANC's Mangaung elective conference which is currently under way. SA is not a presidential democracy either.

  • trudiroos.potter - 2012-12-17 16:20

    The piepols are not stupid!

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-12-17 16:38

      It doesn't take much to beat Zooooma!

  • BobM6389 - 2012-12-17 16:31

    The trouble is that the approval rating is from people with more intelligence than thoes that will be voting

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-12-17 16:45

    Editor don't give ppl false hope,those surveys have nothing 2 do with Mangaung.Its like walking around the street asking ppl who do u want 2 be the nxt president.Zuma all the way,auuuuuuuuwweeeeeee banna.

      eugene.ngobeni.7 - 2012-12-17 17:10

      Its so sad and depresing that there are people like you I hope and pray that I wont suffer for your mistake.MAY GOD BE WITH US BECAUSE THERE ARE TROUBLE TIMES AHEAD

  • eugene.ngobeni.7 - 2012-12-17 17:04

    Try to tell that to members who are voting

  • isaacntam - 2012-12-17 17:04

    We are waiting for the one who is going to think about the poor population no the add more money to those are already have it so give chance to other to change the new system because this previous system is not working properly at all change can be done for sure go baba we are behind you

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-12-17 17:06

    So basically 127% of the population are stupid

  • sandile.m.mbhense - 2012-12-17 18:07

    Lies,lies and all lies Mithlante have no support in the grass root level.Zuma have a support even inside the conference delegates have confident to him.

  • mlunghisigeorge.khosa - 2012-12-17 18:47

    Kgalema will become a winner and his name will be Victor.

  • sihler2 - 2012-12-17 18:48

    Hahahaha that's fools hope, it not like it those people who are going to elect the President, Zuma is so popular even inside the Organisation than Motlanthe, so shaaaaarupp!

  • 75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-12-17 19:29


  • bhekani.ngcobo.37 - 2012-12-17 20:30

    You have goT it wrong again

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-17 21:43

    These are personal opinions of individuals may not even be active voters of ANC! It is misleading at a time like this one!! We should all pay attention to what Branches say and what delegates vote for!!

  • - 2012-12-18 01:31

    We want Kgalema Motlanthe to be at the steering wheel! Time for a new president!!

  • John - 2012-12-18 06:40

    Even Malema would be an improvement on Zuma in the corrupt slime pit of ANC reality!

  • John - 2012-12-18 06:50

    Have a individual national vote for individual independent leaders and toss out the parties. That is democracy. PARTY politics is DICTATORSHIP! Try communicating to your political representative!

  • jeremia.magongwa - 2012-12-18 07:31

    if A fails then we try be B .our hope is B viva DA viva

  • Henry8.Deklerk - 2012-12-18 08:16

    Very interesting report or survey we all know that Zuma has had a difficult/hard time all together, not surprise that everyone is feeling that he was not doing a good job. On another note why does the ANC not wake up and make Trevor Manual president. The man’s 21 years of experience and leadership should speak for itself wake up South Africa the writing is on the wall.

  • vasa.sana.3 - 2012-12-18 10:46

    Motlanthe should have run for the post of Head Of The Catholic Church! I know he does look like a cabbage but I didnt know he is also so green! He should now do the best thing. Fall on the same sword he stabbed Zuma with! Resign!

  • Elizabeth Sediro - 2013-07-01 16:51

    please people lets get rid of zuma next year, if he wins again we are all going to burn in hell

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