Youth prefer Motlanthe for president - survey

2012-05-28 14:58

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is twice as popular as President Jacob Zuma among South African youth as their choice for the next president, according to a social media survey published on Monday.

The online market research company, Pondering Panda, conducted the survey of 3 615 people under 35 using the social media platform MXit.

Motlanthe garnered the most support with 28.5% of all respondents indicating their preference for him as the next president.

President Jacob Zuma scored 15.3% and was the least popular choice.

Second choice for president was former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema (19.8%) followed by Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille (18.7%).

"The survey shows that the current president doesn't appear to have the support of the youth in this country," Shirley Wakefield, CEO of Pondering Panda, said in a statement.

Across the board, Zuma was the least popular choice by race and age. Motlanthe was by far the most popular choice among black youth who were surveyed with 33.5% indicating that they would like to see him as the next president.

Zille showed strong support from the coloured community with 55% naming her as their number one choice for president.

Malema was significantly more popular in the 18 to 24-year-old age group (23.3%) compared to the 25 to 35 age group (16.7%).

  • Loo - 2012-05-28 15:06

    Was only a matter of time wasn't it ... Zuma, start negotiating your pension and benefits so long .. you can take the time to spend it with your erm.. considerable LARGE family

      Alan - 2012-05-28 16:34

      Damn - and the Tolls are going down...eish eish.... But anyway, I think I will stick with the madam.

      Tuco - 2012-05-28 16:44

      I dont trust surveys and stats, but if this particular one has any amount of accuracy, it could be more to do with the fact that Zuma has appointed himself the worst president in the history of this country.

      sboniswa.mzimela - 2012-05-28 17:33

      Who are thosev youth??? i bet it Malema Youth League who was surveyed, we don't like this man, he would be controlled by the mafias of Limpopo including the fat one.

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-05-28 18:03

      THW Zuma or Motlanthe for president. Zille for president!

  • kasamkelo - 2012-05-28 15:11

    MXIT is for wonder - 2012-05-28 17:52

      and what's the significance of your comment? you can go ask 50-year olds if they think zuma is their preferred president and you will get the same answer as that of an 18 year old...if not a 12-year old.

      Thabang - 2012-05-28 21:07

      Thumbs up -Zuma for 2nd term.

      Thabang - 2012-05-28 21:08

      Thumbs up -Zille for president

      Thabang - 2012-05-28 21:08

      Thumbs up- Malema for president

      Phepishi - 2012-05-28 21:38

      And they happen to be our future leaders

      Denis - 2012-05-29 09:21

      Compile the stats and tell us Thabang....what a simple and cost effective survey...but statistically questionable.

      Thabang - 2012-05-29 10:49

      @Denis, seems like the system is mulfunctioning on Zille for president. We are currently looking into the problem and will advice soon. My comment on Kgalema for president has been deleted but last time I checked He was 2nd after Zille with 30 thumbs up. Don't know who deleted it but I have a suspect.

  • maama - 2012-05-28 15:21

    yeah kgalema is a presidential material of all the pple in today's cabinet is the only tht can do some sense..

      Kolobe - 2012-05-28 21:35

      malema's future looks great...bonus she more popular than zuma. definitely a future president

  • mbuso.tholly - 2012-05-28 15:24

    dat youth are mostly influence by woonga,alcohol,and also they do mxit with drugs n i don't if it moral for a 34 yr old to mxit with kids coz they end up raping doz kids on mxit

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-28 15:29

      @ mbuso troll alert. Go and learn how to write properly before you dump your incoherent junk on a blog.

  • Azande - 2012-05-28 15:26

    We all dont want JZ.

      smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-05-28 15:34

      u don't want him

      Azande - 2012-05-28 15:55

      yes, u do want him?

  • phathuchicos - 2012-05-28 15:30

    KM for president...end of story.

  • Mark - 2012-05-28 15:33

    Scary thought having Julias as 2nd most popular choice

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-28 18:40

      Mark, Yes, the CRAZY part is, that Zuma weakened him, so much so, that he was nearly gone!!!!!! And than.................a few thousand people decide to have a week long "fun" with President Zuma, over some silly painting, and bring Julius Maleme, right back in the spotlight!!!!!!!!!!!! How dumb can one get ??????????????????????

      Thabang - 2012-05-28 20:51

      When Zuma comes out, Kgalema comes in. And when Kgalema goes out? Walaaaa! Your new president. President Julius Malema. Will be great to watch the inauguration at the Union Building.

  • Billy - 2012-05-28 15:36

    what has Kgalema Motlanthe actually done that warrants support? im not trying to be funny or what ever, i really dont know.

      Surfing - 2012-05-28 15:42

      Corruption, another criminal who can help other criminals on the gravy train.

      Jennifer - 2012-05-28 15:56

      He drank champagne and thought of the people as it passed his lips and the people were allowed to take photographs because he's nice like that.

      Billy - 2012-05-28 16:09

      i see the thumbs down, but i have no answers, i really want to know what this guy has done that makes people want to support him, i like seeing things from other peoples perspective, help me out here..

      Rhyno - 2012-05-28 16:49

      The answer can be found in a block of cheddar Billy.

      Jennifer - 2012-05-28 19:07

      I think it's because he 'looks' like a good leader, clean and noble , a 'father' figure ~ but he has said nothing against the corrupt behaviour of the ANC. He has done nothing for the people so there will be nothing new coming from him. Those who stay silent are as guilty as the guilty. He stayed silent , and The people pay the price. No school, no clean water, no medicine, no food, no protection from crime, only empty promises.

      John - 2012-05-29 01:21

      Wikipedia is your friend! :)

      ria.punzul - 2012-05-29 08:42

      he is a communist and they are very dangerous

  • SHIMANKI - 2012-05-28 15:36

    It is interesting to see what research can reveal, But a caution need to be excised because a research methodology is not water tight. There are many possible errors, which must be catered for. That is vital for researcher to declare a margin of error foremost. The size and representative must be clear and sounding. The bottom line is that analysis and interpretation must be logical and reasonable, Otherwise the decision made will be ill informed.So i submit.

      Rhyno - 2012-05-28 16:52

      It's called mathematical statistics Shimanki, and normally works on a standard deviation of around 3% - 6%. Even on that figure...Zuma is as out as a perm...

  • manakatg - 2012-05-28 15:42

    Malema for President

      Rob - 2012-05-28 18:07

      Hey Boet. The Hospital called to say that your brain was ready for collection....

      Nuran Mohanlal - 2012-05-28 20:56

      They called again and cancelled......he has no brain.

  • smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-05-28 15:42

    So what ,even if they can put Motlaonthe we will still be jobless, those people are doing more 4 them selves and families than their country (SA) ,until we vote another party we will continue suffering let vote 4 better.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-05-28 17:13

      yup shifting the deck chairs around on a sinking ship won't stop the ship sinking, if the youth want jobs & education, they better vote for another party, & not just any party, the only one in the country that can create jobs, THE DA, the rest are clueless.

      senzitol - 2012-05-28 19:04

      you correct but who to vote for????

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-05-29 09:51

      You are so right, spread the word. Non delivery should mean no Vote .Glad to see that there are a few thinking South Africans.

  • Chris - 2012-05-28 15:49

    I think that we all do.

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-05-28 15:56

    Radio news here got it a bit confused as they only mentioned Zille, Motlanthe and Zuma. Wondered how JM would rate and it seems there is very little between the tenderpreneur and the DA. Our politics are darem interesting. Zuma needs Juju to join up with him in this poll to beat the other two.

  • sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-28 15:57

    Lol...there are two types of people in this world, there are those who are realistics and those unrealist, who live in the world of their imaginations, ok kids here it goes it a fact Jacob Zuma will get a second term and remain a president of this beautiful country of ours, and my advice to all of you who are against it, it either you make peace with it or live in misery, matter of fact it makes no different to us. KZN, Mpumalanga, which account f0r 65% of the voting in Mangaung, have endorsed him, NUM which is the main Union and contibute about 70% of COSATU's monthly subscriptions have endorsed him, and Cosatu have no option but to endorse him, SACP have endorse him, Women's league have, MK have and I only wish you luck with your miserable lives afterwards and continue playing on MIXIT.

      khwezi.ndawonde - 2012-05-28 16:21

      Sfiso, those who are commenting here are just bunch ok kids, who dont have a clue what are they talking about, instead of them paying more attention on their school work so that they can become the future president of our country, are just making nose

      Billy - 2012-05-28 16:46

      khwezi - how do you exclude yourself from "those who are commenting here" when you are commenting here.. noob

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-28 18:22

      Billy - I Laughed!

  • Abie - 2012-05-28 16:08

    Makes one think! Isn't time for a younger educated guy like Patrice Motsepe for president of the country???? The old guy with the goaty can lead the ANC.Lets seperate party from country.

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-28 16:25

      Unfortunately, that impossible, ANC leads SA and separating the two is as good separating the food from pot while cooking, the goaty whoever will lead the country whenever ANC decide and right now ANC masses have decided against and we don't see it happening in the near future and if he stand against Zuma, we as ANC will see it as disruptive behaviour and will deal with accordingly.

  • khwezi.ndawonde - 2012-05-28 16:17

    people not long ago you dont want ANC, now you want a new president from ANC what will be new about him, because he is going to continue with ANC policies that some of you you dont like. I bet all of you you must be some kids from pre school, short memory

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-28 16:28

      Thank you Khwezi, the mandate of Polokwane(Class 2007) will be carried irrespective of who is our leader and right now JZ is our leader and we are endorsing him again, people who are not ANC members must refrain from this bad habit of minding other people's business, they have no role in affairs of ANC and if they want to change things, wait for elections

      TSOTSI Smilification - 2012-05-28 18:25


  • Sidney Gilroy - 2012-05-28 16:32

    It's not exactly a Reuter's Poll. Who is Pondering Panda anyway?!? WTF. Don't crack open that bottle of champagne just yet, Camp Monthlantle.

      sfiso.nsibande1 - 2012-05-28 16:48

      Matter of fact Camp Monthlatle must never buy that Champagne it not going to happen and defiantely will need the money when we go through pruning process of the bad potatoes associated with Malema and his croonies, but if they are not smart they might as well go ahed and buy it

  • Siyabonga Mbatha - 2012-05-28 16:33

    which youth?

  • Phelamanga - 2012-05-28 17:11

    It looks like the OBE graduates didn't understand the question! They must have got into a group, started discussing the question, got waylaid by their mobiles, and then made a blind choice.At least Motlanthe doesn't have the cargo of baggage that Zuma has. But if Zuma stays where he is, Zille will shoot to the top of the list.

      khwezi.ndawonde - 2012-05-29 08:13

      Trueblue who says Motlanthe does not have baggage wait until he becomes a president, scandals will be creeping all over him this is politics, right now his girlfriend is linked to some dodge business and as far as I know people dont like a president who is not married, and then he will be accused of sleeping around, please we all know the story

  • Rob - 2012-05-28 18:04

    Hey 'JZ' - time to pull the rabbit out of the hat before it is too late...

  • Kwajo.m - 2012-05-28 19:17

    I find this stats funny enough but courage the dog.

  • Conrad - 2012-05-28 21:45

    wat exacatly do this youth know anyway. theyre all lazy layabouts that will never achieve anything. this country is doomed!

      khwezi.ndawonde - 2012-05-29 08:14

      including yourself Conrad if you are a SA citizen kikikiki

  • Marie - 2012-05-29 00:29

    And time with his large nephew........

  • nicolette.louw.7 - 2012-05-29 00:58

    The sample only represents a very small portion of South Africa's youth and can thus not be generalised to represent South Africa's youth as a whole. What we can deduce however is that a small portion of Mxit using youths in South Africa prefer Motlanthe to Zuma :)

  • ria.punzul - 2012-05-29 08:37

    please not!!! he will out live zumas ways... will only look out for the communists!

  • Patrick - 2012-05-29 09:30

    KERMIT the frog is preferable to Zuma!

  • Skhumba - 2012-05-29 09:44


  • mzondistanley - 2012-06-22 12:54

    ANCYL and rest of Political Parties, Are disoriented, loose canons, or misguided Misiles which can land anywhere so long there is Benefit in form of Alcohol and Drugs!!!! They are Headless and Heartless in their desires!!! There should be some kind Learning Workshop for them to understand their role in Society!!!

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