Youth prefer Motlanthe to Zuma - survey

2012-08-20 13:01

Johannesburg - Young South Africans prefer Kgalema Motlanthe to Jacob Zuma as a presidential candidate, although neither of them are too popular, according to a survey released on Monday.

"Given the choice of the two candidates, Kgalema Motlanthe is a clear winner," said Butch Rice, market analyst for consumer insights company Pondering Panda.

In a survey of 4 637 South Africans aged between 18 and 34, some 23% said they would like President Zuma to continue his presidency in 2014.

Thirty-six percent of respondents chose Deputy President Motlanthe, when given the choice between him and Zuma.

"It is clear that the youth of South Africa have lost faith in President Zuma. If he were to continue his presidency, it is likely to alienate young South Africans even more," Rice said.

Forty-one percent of respondents rejected both candidates.

"However, what is most concerning is the high percentage of the youth who reject both candidates. We expect this to affect their propensity to vote in the next election, which could have a significant impact on the outcome for the different political parties."

The survey found significant demographic differences, particularly in terms of race and region.
Young black South Africans (25%) were most likely to select Zuma as their preferred president.

However, 42% chose Motlanthe, and 33% disliked both candidates.

Eighty-one percent of Indians, 75% of coloureds, and 70% of whites rejected both candidates.

KwaZulu-Natal was the only region in which Zuma was preferred to Motlanthe. Here, 45% of respondents chose Zuma, compared to 22% for Motlanthe.

Motlanthe was most popular in Limpopo, where 56% of respondents chose him, compared to 17% for Zuma.

The interviews were conducted across South Africa using cellphones during the first two weeks of August.

  • sonja.xaba - 2012-08-20 13:05

    SO WHAT ?

      gary.scande - 2012-08-20 13:15

      agreed, survey all they want, the only opinion that matters is the one you have when looking at the ballot sheet with a pen in your hand

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-20 13:27

      And besides it is old news. Similar surveys already published with the same results. They really think Motlanthe is going to reverse the rot?

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-20 13:34

      I don't know what is worse - 1) that the ANC chose Zuma as their leader, or 2) that Zuma is the best they had.

      marius.koen2 - 2012-08-20 13:55

      Isn't this exactly the same situation we faced with Mbeki and Zuma?

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-20 15:36

      I prefer Hellen Zille or Patricia De Lille

  • phathuchicos - 2012-08-20 13:06

    Who doesn't prefer Motlante???????????????????????????

      ingwani.sithole - 2012-08-20 13:11

      You can ask that again cde.Izwe lethu

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 13:18

      Zuma should never have been president in the 1st place, but thanks to Malema & Vavi he was, Motlanthe in my opinion is a far better option, at least he is not corrupt.

      jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-20 14:24

      @Alicia unfortunately your trusting or not does not make any difference, only ANC members who are sent by provinces to Mangaung.

      msendi - 2012-08-20 14:29

      Dr. Pieter Mulder for President…Viva Vryheidsfront Plus Viva…

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-08-20 14:48

      Both score no higher than 0% with me....... ,but then again 0% is a pass within the ANC, pity.

  • marubini.mphasha - 2012-08-20 13:07

    I want kgalema to be the next president.zuma' hesitation of taking action is destroying our country

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 13:08

    They are both anc They are both useless

      ingwani.sithole - 2012-08-20 13:11

      Anc is better than DA,and FYI they are not useless. - 2012-08-20 13:16

      @kala, then please name your president, let have an alternative

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 13:20

      unless the ANC has a major wake up, they will be out within the next one or 2 elections. @ Sganja, sorry my friend but the ANC IS USELESS, & at the moment the DA is faaar less useless than the ANC.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 13:23

      @nukki - Both had a chance, both f'ed it up big time.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 13:37

      I think maybe the third First Lady is a better candidate.

  • ingwani.sithole - 2012-08-20 13:11

    Viva Anc viva!!!

      john.loveland.9 - 2012-08-20 13:23

      A faceless nameless spineless contributor.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 13:27

      Just another troll. He's been doing the rounds for years now.

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-08-20 13:55

      @sganja! are you still kicking..i thought you are no more.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-08-20 13:19

    It is written on the wall how people feel about the current leadership of the ANC

  • mulalo.razwiedani - 2012-08-20 13:24

    It the issue where you have to choose from the dumb and the idiot

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 13:28

      And between the two of them they haven't got any balls.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-20 13:44

      Well~stated Mulalo. The idiot is now notorious for its successful demonstration of its idiocy. But the dumb has been floating under the radar and has to date never said anything substantial to dissociate itself from the shenanigans of the idiot, which makes you wonder whether the idiot and the dumb are in this together. I'm not surprised that they both get such low approval ratings among the youth. As they say: “birds of the same feather ...”

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-08-20 13:24

    They r both useless.Keep struggling comrades!!!!

  • danie.malan - 2012-08-20 13:28

    The problem is that most of the youth (especially Black youth and those who are intelligent and bright) is not really interested to vote and therefore the results of this survey does not mean much for the outcome of the next election. The youth feel their vote has no power and that is why they are not interested in voting (except for the radicals). We need to get the intelligent youth to the voting booths and you will see a surprising results!

  • Brad - 2012-08-20 13:29

    It can only be the uneducated that are still backing zuma. He has been the anc's greatest failure yet. Saddly its the blind leading the blind and so I don't believe motlanthe will do any better. He too will bow to the pressures of the cronies and unions. Self enrichment is the oreder of the day. The poor will remain poor The uneducated will continue to vote anc service delivery will be apart of the everyday struggle & I will continue to laugh at the situation the majority voted for.

      mantsho.tlali - 2012-08-20 19:00

      You too , your teeth. can you do something

  • benson.mzwamadodamadala - 2012-08-20 13:30

    Zuma its time to much out from presidency its long time you lie from the people of South Africa. Now you ,Trever Manual and Godan we play with our mind now we talking about 2030 to fix the problems of this Country what about the time we said by 2015 all these things happening will come to an end like corraption.In stead we are feeding your pockets and your firmelies BLOODY THIEFS.What about the people they waisted thier time wake up and went to vote for you now we forgot about them because we are sweeming in a pool of fats Zinja ze-ANC.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 13:44


  • Brad - 2012-08-20 13:32

    Joke of the day... What is the definition of insanity? “voting for the anc, over and over and expecting for them to change”

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-08-20 13:36

      Modification of what Einstein said, but yes I agree 100%

      enoch.mokhothu - 2012-08-20 18:36

      It is indocrination, they need voter education to be free of insanity

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-08-20 13:33

    Off course they will support him - Ol'e jellyspine

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-08-20 13:34

    70 percent of white did not like both candidates. Is anyone surprised?? In any event this was not a popularity contest and this vote of dislikeness from the white population is not likely to change anything anytime soon. Let them go and play in traffic!!

      JohanCduToit - 2012-08-20 13:45

      ...and let the ANC government die of obesity, while the ANC supporters die of hunger.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-08-20 14:24

      Luvos, do you know that only about 5.5 million South Africans actually PAY personal income tax (more are registered but fall below the threshold)? This pays about 35% of our budget. Guess who most of those people are? Then companies contribute another 22% (and the ANC is always bitching that business is 80% White.) So instead of saying that Whites should go and play in the traffic, I suggest you get down on your knees and give thanks for the Whites who pay for this country to run, and provided the infrastructure you enjoy (including the internet you are now using). Am so sick of the real beneficiaries of South Africa being lambasted by ignoramuses.

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 14:30

      dont be a racist man, 33% of blacks, 81 % of Indians, 75 % of coloureds didnt like them either, we dont have to like either of them, its a democracy remember, or do you prefer a dictatorship.

      emile.marais - 2012-08-20 16:00

      ''this vote of dislikeness from the white population is not likely to change anything anytime soon'' Yet you felt compelled to comment and criticize this one demographic. Shame, you need to get a life!

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-20 13:38

    Even the prezzies wife is starting to wonder about her hubby's capabilities

  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-08-20 13:39

    WHO THE HELL IS PONDERING PANDA !!!!????? It`s like some idiotic journalist has a friend who wrote an app for Mxit and now he/she is picking stories from their nose. What the hell.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-20 18:45

      Didn't like living under that rock, hey?

  • Provence - 2012-08-20 13:40

    They don't have much of a choice do they? I personally think they're in a lose - lose situation.

  • Provence - 2012-08-20 13:41

    What do the youth know, they can't even pass high school with math and Science.

      pule.lesego.3 - 2012-08-20 13:57

      Oh!Shame on you.I got 97% in Mathematics HG.I completed my Bsc applied maths with distinctions at UCT.What do you know wena?

      Stresseman - 2012-08-20 18:42

      @ pule. Then what is "1 divided by 0?" You can figure it out with basic algebra. Just to tease. I must be pretty jobless to be bothered to comment on this page.

      pule.lesego.3 - 2012-08-20 20:18

      @stressman According to L'Hospital Rule 1 divided by 0 is infinite,undefined,Inadmissable,Error no Real solution.Oh!you mean in Binary?

      Stresseman - 2012-08-20 21:46

      @pule Thanks for being good humored. You have convinced me! I wonder what happened to the other comments??

  • thobekile.sibindi.71 - 2012-08-20 13:52 do they even understand what they are voting for? Kala.bafazi who do you think is useful..yourself ki! ki! ki!

  • bennie.marais.9 - 2012-08-20 14:05

    Fully understandable why the youth chooses Mothlante over Zuma - think of it...stategy to bring old Juluis boy back and mess up the country for good as Mothlante listens to the youth league and supports their actions!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-20 14:23

      Motlanthe will not dance to Malemas tune, If Motlanthe is president, It wont be long before Malema is trying to have him removed. The ANC & Malema are too far apart they will split (once Malema finally gets the message). I dont see much changing under Motlanthe, just like ANC policy didn't change under Zuma. Malema will get impatient & will go underground, he will become an enemy to the ANC Govt, no matter who is president.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-20 14:20

    Can't say they have much of a choice! Pity they can't vote. Maybe their parents should vote for them! That way, we may all benefit.

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-08-20 14:29

    The youth are tired of being told that they will get jobs during the state of nation address, yet nothing comes.... Clearly change is needed, let zuma sit down and give hiss full attention to his many wives.. KGALEMA must lead!!!

  • Tony - 2012-08-20 14:33

    They could both star in a remake of "Dumb and Dumber"

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-20 15:04

    Sonja i agree, so what?

  • ntumeleng.tlou - 2012-08-20 19:01

    I don't care.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-29 16:44

    evil and corrupt vs evil and corrupt........!!!

  • thabo.mopasi - 2012-09-04 21:39

    The survey its misleading my community Alexandra township the youth goes with Jacob Zuma for second term as ANC President, the youth leadership are angry that they have been used in politics that relate to R1.3 billion Alexandra Renewal Project. that kgalema Motlanthe is their home boy that does not hold no water because Motlanthe has nothing to lose he served South Africa before as President and still enjoy the benefit of it.

  • wouldntit.benice.1 - 2012-09-10 19:11

    Certain youth are born retarded

  • mphogift.mukwevho - 2012-09-28 15:18


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