Zuma's approval rating drops - survey

2012-05-14 11:13

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's approval rating fell to 46% in April, from a 55% high in February, TNS South Africa said on Monday.

"It was at this time that the e-tolling saga was at its height (but before the judgment on the interdict), concerns about the re-instatement of Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli were growing and the [ANC Youth League president Julius] Malema suspension was finalised," researcher Neil Higgs said.

After a volatile 2010, the figures - based on surveys of 2 000 adults living in seven metropolitan areas in South Africa - were more stable in 2011, averaging 48%.

After a rise to 55% in February, the figure then dropped to 46% in mid-April.

The figures also show that the proportion of people giving a "don't know" response dropped to more usual levels after being high since 2009.

"People are coming to a more definite view of the president after a long period where many people were not sure about him. These previously uncertain people are shifting to the negative category."


Higgs said "unfortunately, political views in South Africa tend to have a strong correlation with race", which the figures bear out.

The latest reading for blacks, after a strong rise in February, show the lowest figure since September 2010.

Approval for Zuma among whites shows a slow downward trend for both readings in 2012 so far. For coloureds, sentiment shifted positively in February, but dropped back in April. For Indians/Asians, the trend was strongly negative.

Overall, the president's approval levels are best in Gauteng (except Pretoria), and poorest in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

People aged 18 to 34 are the most positive at 51% (unchanged over the past four readings). Those aged 60 and more are the least positive at 30% (down from the 40% of November 2011 and February 2012).

In terms of language group, the most positive are those whose home language is isiZulu at 67% (unchanged over the past four readings).

Women are somewhat more positive than men (49% compared with 43%).

Motlanthe's ratings

Approval ratings for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe are slightly higher than Zuma's, at 49% for April.

Blacks in metropolitan areas shifted more positively towards him since the end of 2011, but other race groups have become slightly more negative.

Younger people are more positive, with 53% approval for Motlanthe amongst those aged 18 to 34, compared with 39% amongst those over 50.

Amongst black language speakers, those whose home language is isiXhosa are the least positive at 59%. Other language groups average 69%.

According to TNS, the only major difference between their rating occurs in Soweto, Pretoria and East London.

In Soweto, Motlanthe's approval rating is 68%, compared with Zuma's 50%; in Pretoria Motlanthe's is 58% and Zuma's 39%. In East London Motlanthe scored 64% to Zuma's 48%.

Motlanthe's overall approval rating for October/November 2011 was 47%. Zuma's was 48%.

Motlanthe's approval rating in November 2008, shortly after he was installed as president, was 36%.

Malema was expelled from the ANC last month for a range of party-related conduct infractions. Mdluli was last week removed from his post as police intelligence head in the midst of controversy over withdrawn charges of murder and corruption. He will be shifted to another position in the police.

  • clinton.badenhorst - 2012-05-14 11:22

    YOU WILL NOT WIN ANC!!! At the end most people will realise you are too incompatant to run a country. Save the trouble and give the government over to the DA now. Maybe they can still save this country after all the destruction you caused!

      Sean - 2012-05-14 11:28

      All animals are equal but some are more equal than others. George Orwell

      Tsotsi-Baby - 2012-05-14 11:38

      DA-Invalid tenders in WC.I guess WC is not the glorified heaven on earth after all.I will always vote ANC with no compunction #Loyaldisciples #Power to the people

      Peter - 2012-05-14 11:41

      Im not gonna say vote DA, but i am gonna say please if your gonna vote for the better of yourself and everyone else VOTE ANYONE BUT ANC! The ANC has had 18years to prove that they care about you and they still dont, its time to realize the truth, they are only after power and money and arent willing to share any of it with anyone even their own supporters

      Peter - 2012-05-14 11:48

      @Tsotsi-Baby - Lol you are a moron did you read the article? What i should ask is can you actually read? The report is unfounded and there is no proof of corruption. If you still vote ANC then you are and always will be a fool

      Thapelo - 2012-05-14 11:57

      when one vote, he/she must not vote because his is angry because you will be disappointed ask any Cope member for advice.

      Thapelo - 2012-05-14 11:58

      go to

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 13:10

      @ Rikesk, Speak for yourself. I don't see a thief when I look at our President. I do see an Idiota making statements on behalf of South African Indians.

      Bob - 2012-05-14 13:12

      Alicia, once again you are 100% correct, DA will rule in the not too distant future, and it will be for the good for all who live in this beautiful country, except those riding on the gravy train of course, their lives will become a bit messy, the ANC are playing their last card now, trying to convince their supporters that the DA is only for whitey's, which of course we all know is absolute rubbish.

      John - 2012-05-14 14:06

      they are both zero to me

      Bob - 2012-05-14 14:15

      Amazed, I just read a lot of hate in your comments and you are a disgusting individual, what is that talk about people eating cow dung, get your disgusting mind out of the sewer, I think you are a disgusting racist and appear extremely jealous of Lindiwe, why because she has got class and you obviously have non.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 14:16

      @Amazed your living in the stone ages, south africa will never be a great nation with that kind of thinking. You are ignorant if you think that 9% of the population will bring back apartheid again. I dont want to bring race up but you leave no choice.... There is no great nation being lead by black people, im sorry but it is the truth. Obama is not black either he is colored if you were going to say America is great.

      Sematla - 2012-05-14 16:36

      Try next door thank you.

      Boer - 2012-05-15 04:38

      Die Zuma is darem maar een lelike wetter eish net sy ma kan vir hom liefde gegee het.

  • Lourenzo - 2012-05-14 11:27

    JZ is a looser

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-14 11:39

      Lourenzo, That might be so, but if JZ does not come in, we will have Tokyo Sexwale !! Than we will have a DICTATORSHIP, PLUS JM!! Be careful what you wish for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-14 11:52

      looser trousers are more comfortable.

      Lorain - 2012-05-14 12:09

      @ AnthonyfromAfrica it seems you are the only one that sees the facts for what they are,some people here are so blinded by their hatred for Zuma that they do not even realize what the alternative will be (malema). Unless of course i missed the memo and white people have changed their stance on Malema.

      Salani - 2012-05-14 12:18

      Lorain relax,malema is not coming back any day soon,zuma is a disgrace do you think he expelled juju at the interest of the nation? I doubt.

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-14 12:30

      @AnthonyfromAfrica It's a dark day in SA when Zuma is considered the lesser of two evils. He's a terrible president, but I think you may have a point regarding Malema's imminent rise should Zuma lose out at Mangaung. Malema would be the worst kind of news for SA.

      sabongam - 2012-05-14 13:01

      Am not saying JZ is a winner,catually far from it...There are quite a few things which I disagree with regarding his tenure as president..But let me ask, what is it that you've done that makes you a winner Lourenzo...

      Don.Tandy - 2012-05-14 13:52

      Looser than what?. I assume you mean loser.

  • Jason - 2012-05-14 11:28

    the blind will still vote for him. zuma and the anc will win. corruption will continue.

      Bob - 2012-05-14 11:32

      Sad but true...!

      Bongani - 2012-05-14 11:37

      Remember, our needs are not the same. The uneducated only care about what they eat (grant) and you and me we worry about e-toll, corruption and crime. Try to explain corruption to an illiterate person and good luck with that.

      Jason - 2012-05-14 11:45

      with you on that bongani.

      salani.hulela - 2012-05-14 11:52

      Exactly king,you cannot separate zuma and corruption,if he wins in mangaung the anc will lose more votes, people are tired of all the scandals surrounding zuma ie maharaj ,mthethwa with his security wall,mdluli,the list is endless!

  • Bennie - 2012-05-14 11:29

    Zoomer has st3 and illiterate president - did we expect anything else?

  • Lourenzo - 2012-05-14 11:30

    I would like to think that Education is important in Politcs : Malema and JZ proves that point

      Jason - 2012-05-14 11:45

      greater education equates to lower voter support

  • Jacqui - 2012-05-14 11:31

    Approval rates?. Of course they were choosey who they asked.

  • Africanism - 2012-05-14 11:32

    The masses don't give a damn about TNS and its racist ratings.go rate zille and lindiwe mazibuko.we will still vote the mighty ANC!!!

      Jean - 2012-05-14 11:36

      Hou net jou bek!!!

      Peter - 2012-05-14 11:44

      The ANC is only as mighty as the poor souls such as your self who vote for them. Read my lips they dont give a rats ass about you, they only want your vote and if your too blinded by racism then its your own fault you dont have the better life you could if the country was run by honest uncorrupted officials. You will never gain anything from the ANC they dont care about you, time to wake up

      Africanism - 2012-05-14 11:51

      @Peter what makes you think I will believe the da cares about me,I'm black I vote for the ANC for blacks,away with your corrupt racist da.

      Nigel - 2012-05-14 12:06

      lol Africanism, you are the fool + a racist, keep voting for your ANC, don't come crying in 5 years time, when they have given you NOTHING, it will happen, don't say we didn't warn you!!

      Kala - 2012-05-14 12:13

      Africanism - I think you have secured some Tenders with the ANC and that is why you support them so much. Other than that your ill founded and witty comments amuse me. Keep it up!

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-14 12:35

      65% of the DA is now your claims are not based on fact....

  • Greg - 2012-05-14 11:34

    The ANC will promise a few more jobs, host a few more free events, release a few more convicted criminals ...and the mindless masses will follow and the ratings go back to what they were...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-14 11:35

    Of the 90% of his wives who were interviewed, 70% think he is a good husband. 26% did not like his clothing. 40% thought his speeches were not original. 80% liked the way he sings and dances. 34% think he should fire all ministers. 50% loved it when he went abroad.

      ToLife - 2012-05-14 11:50

      Ahahahahha!!nice one. Coz taxpayers money is going to feed his huge family.

      ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-14 13:12

      kwa#when he went abroad,poor Mr president

  • Frank - 2012-05-14 11:36

    Sexwale for President!

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-14 12:42

      @Frank - what do YOU know about Sexwale? - For example, the "2008 agenda", which is designed by Tokyo Sexwale and spearheaded via his expensive messenger Julius Malema, was not known but to a chosen few, when the general membership accepted the ANC's agenda in Polokwane in December 2007. Sexwale and Malema slipped their hidden agenda in through the backdoor. Their agenda of 'nationalisation' and 'land expropriation without compensation' in order to instil fear in the markets and cause a run on the JSE together with constraining new investment and fuelling disinvestment, was not made public, as it is not part of the ANC agenda. South Africa's downgraded investment rating by "Moody's" is a case in point. Since then, the rabble-rousing, suspended ANCYL president Julius Malema went on a full confrontation course, reliably attacking the ANC mother body from outside. He sung his speeches from a carefully manicured hymn sheet in sound-byte form, sending never more than two messages from public platforms. And behind it all?.........

      Kala - 2012-05-14 12:54

      Let me break it down for you. Sex Wale.

  • ToLife - 2012-05-14 11:42

    Shame#so sad when you at the highest position in your division, yet everyone you 'helped' get below you, are not even trying to hide the fact that they rooting to strike You, Mr President, off the seat!!#boo hoo, sad story# your time is up Mr!

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-14 11:43

    2000 peeps we almost 50 000 000 mxm not news money making sceems these survey companies

  • Msika - 2012-05-14 11:45

    "Overall, the president's approval levels are best in Gauteng (except Pretoria), and poorest in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth." This study has revealed that poeple staying in pretoria are not IDIOTS. I mean realy, it would take a complete MORON to give mister Zoomer even a slightest of approval, judging by the country's current state of affairs under his leadership.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-14 12:44

      Not surprising the people in Pretoria are walking around with a dazed look...all the name changes mean that they even get lost on their way to work....especially since Church street changes names FOUR times!

  • Gavin - 2012-05-14 11:45

    Zuma had a chance after he clawed his way through the ANC gutters and becacame the president to set the record straight and prove that the ANC under his leadership, could steer the sip away from the proverbial iceberg. instead he's rewarded all the people who helped him get a leg up, by getting them out of jail, reducing sentences and in making sure they weren't investigated. you have proven to me that you are as big a f'ing idiot as you look. under the yolk of your leadership, you've made a joke of our democracy. you have no honor, no soul, your presidency will be remembered for all the stupid decisions you made like letting shaik and yengeni out, reducing the sentences of all of those who like you, are criminals, but unlike you, are in jail. and as for motlanthe, I suspect he's gonna be worse than you and mbeki combined.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-14 12:46

      The ANC is totally devoid of ANY REAL leaders....and they know it.

  • Frank - 2012-05-14 11:50

    Sexwale for Pres, Mantashe his deputy, Mbalula SG, reinstate Malema, Nationalise the Mines, redistribution of land WITH compensation, remove Mthehwa, Cwele and Xingwans, Van Schalkvyk to remain in the gravy train

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-14 13:32

      Confucious says : Man who constantly looks back, will see hisarse.

  • Lourenzo - 2012-05-14 11:54

    Zuma is a typical example of a Moron

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-05-14 11:54

    This was expected...!

  • Lourenzo - 2012-05-14 11:59

    I am Black, and used to look up to these Guys, but they have rewarded us with Incompetence and stupidity, lack of strategic thinking. I mean Shabir will benefit from this remission of setence, WHY. The stupid and incompetent showerhead can answer that..

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 12:10

      We can see you are Black like some of Us.....nevertheless you are an indoctrinated unit hence your opinion is Bias. Nice shirt,,,,,Where may I get one of those mate????

      Peter - 2012-05-14 12:34

      @Tamaranui - the only person indoctrinated is you you bloody idiot go troll else where, if your happy getting a piece of KFC and a shirt come election time enjoy it because thats all you gonna get from the ANC

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-14 12:43

      Tamaranui : Since when does being black equate to being stupid?

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 13:14

      Mase, Once more on the moon. Enjoying your stay???

      Msika - 2012-05-14 13:22

      Hey Lourenzo, congratulations for being black mate. So is Lourenzo your christian name or what?

  • Bala - 2012-05-14 11:59

    The true rating will be seen at Mangaung end of this year.

      Honjiswa - 2012-05-14 13:51

      That's true

  • sjhuman1 - 2012-05-14 12:02

    I'm surprised he has any approval rating at all..

  • Nigel - 2012-05-14 12:04

    We don't need ratings to assess this man. Another complete failure, and therefore a true hero in the eyes of the blind ANC supporters. God help all South Africans. Forward we nothing.

  • ujozi.sales - 2012-05-14 12:19

    Another fat cat ANC cadre whiling his time away collecting a big fat salary and pension and doing ZERO work. I don't care who rules as long as this wasteful extravagance ends.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-05-14 12:23

    He would have turned out to be a decent president if only he had a backone. He just doesn't have this, and lots of his cadres have have run amok under his watch. The only sensible thing for him was to have taken only one term and exited. What gets to me though is that if Zuma loses out at Mangaung it will once gain throw Malema into the political fore since he's firmly in the other camp. Whatever happened to honest and diligent ANC leaders?

      anthro45 - 2012-05-14 12:33

      What honest and diligent ANC leaders are you talking about? That's like suggesting there is a tooth fairy. - 2012-05-14 13:15

      That is funny...i have never seen the words honest and dilligent used in the same sentence as ANC..

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-14 15:53

      They do not exist.

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-05-14 12:46

    Is anyone suprised?.

      Juan - 2012-05-14 13:50

      Yes it baffles my mind that he could still enjoy even the most dismal support

  • Johnny - 2012-05-14 12:48

    Let's see. ANC gave this country free rape, free theft, free corruption, free murder, free sidewalks to sleep on, but no matter. Let the blind masses decide who is going to pocket their money next term.

  • Ishmael - 2012-05-14 12:52

    46% is too much for this idiot! How about -46%...

  • Malibongwe - 2012-05-14 12:53

    he brought tribalism which is not good for us black

  • ntjeke.wilfred - 2012-05-14 12:59

    Zuma's approval rating drops, shower sales drops too,

  • Ringeta - 2012-05-14 13:02

    doomed rating. Influenced by DA.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-05-14 13:10

    I just wish the DA would show a bit more "go" and "zip" and enthusiasm to expand their support base, or is Zille running out of steam? Is there a strong leadership base in the DA?

  • Rob - 2012-05-14 13:14

    Whatever happens the president will have to reward his supporters. If Zuma does not get a second term it may well modify the application and beneficiaries of corruption. It might even alter the profile of service delivery (well, for a while), but it is unlikely to divert the country from its rollercoaster ride to disaster. What might change is an increase in the determination to use the Western Cape as a refuge of sanity, however that unfolds. That will buy a few more years, maybe decades, who knows!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 13:23


      Rob - 2012-05-14 13:26

      Tamaranui: If I am incorrect I will be the first to admit it, and the first to celebrate a watershed event in Africa. It will be a new beginning and a very real change in African political philosophy. On the other hand I am not going to hold my breath!

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 13:38

      I am at the very coalface of RSA infrastructure and ALL the detractors at this site must never leave their homes cos our Transformation is well on it's way. We as a country as progressing. All the International Indices indicate this therefore the Prejudice comments are just hot air from those whom never made their beds comfy enough when the regime was in power.

      Rob - 2012-05-14 13:56

      Tamaranui: In order to avoid being accused of being the hot air that you employ to ridicule will you please provide substantiating references that show that SA is progressing. And before you take the easy route, progress in a positive sense towards a more open and intellectually developed and refined society.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 14:07

      Therefore the detractors here will never see the good in anything, Let me give you an example; A few weeks ago there was an article on 2 new Universities that will open soon however the Bias rhetoric was incredible. No matter what good is done it will never be appreciated by all RSA's.

  • WhiteNut - 2012-05-14 13:22

    Approval by who?? We, the ANC members are going to re-elect him(unopposed!!!) in Mangaung, you can BET with your wife if you wished

  • ntunjab - 2012-05-14 13:24

    Desmond Tutu prayed for zoooomas dwnfall, we cnt be led by a Thug

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-14 13:27

    The more middle class rises the less popular he is. In turn that means we getting more wiser. Grade 3 got you this far imagine a whole nation of wisdom.

  • Ndumiso - 2012-05-14 13:28

    These ratings r still too high!!fo a baby making machine,illeterate n uneducated puppet.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 13:39

      Detractors come in all shades of Brown............

      WhiteNut - 2012-05-14 14:14

      So you must be an educated big fool. Good, you are not a baby making machine...imagine your kind that would have resulted

      WhiteNut - 2012-05-14 14:23

      Poor Ndumiso are you infertile? Advice: mens clinic, have your sperm analysis done...and you might benefit and start reproducing like a real man.

  • Ndumiso - 2012-05-14 13:29

    These ratings r still too high!!fo a baby making machine,illeterate n uneducated puppet.

  • Sugan - 2012-05-14 13:34

    The end is nigh. Give ZJ his machine gun ….

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-05-14 13:58

    Pity the ANCorruption's rating isn't following the same downward trend, then maybe we could look forward to some stability without the Anarchy Nepotism Corruption.

  • mimi.ngqulana - 2012-05-14 14:06

    sure they will drop....!

  • Kgaditsi - 2012-05-14 14:07

    mshini wam is a public relations nightmare for the anc.

  • Michael - 2012-05-14 14:18

    Zuma's ratings dropped? Really? no way! say it aint so, how could this be? It must be a racist plot by a third force seeking to discredit him.

      Tamaranui - 2012-05-14 14:23

      No it is just Lies,

      Peter - 2012-05-14 14:46

      @Tamaranui - does it hurt that you cant accept the truth?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-14 15:45

    Just think how much faster this country would be growing if the government stopped stealing from its people.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-14 15:50

    The prez's ratings have dropped? Wow, I wonder why? Of course there is nothing wrong with excessive squandering of public funds, excessive matrimonial activity, the making of excessive children, having sons and nephews who spend excessively and don't pay their debts and defraud mining companies. This Behaviour is carefully calculated to engender feelings of trust and pride in the presidency.

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  • Antwahn - 2012-05-14 17:50

    46%, 55%, 49%, %, %... Any rational being must wonder how such an awful pres commands any real support at all. Incontrovertible proof that democracy in SA is unworkable.

  • aiazmir - 2012-05-14 22:58

    I was amazed that he had any approval ratings in the first place. Here is a man who is described by a High Court judge as having a thoroughly corrupt relationship with his financial advisor, and WTF he is voted in as president? Go figure what the ANC are all about?

  • Andricca - 2012-05-15 08:24

    Lets continue to defy, reject and vote Zuma & his cronies out

  • Rob - 2012-05-23 17:50


  • onlineivan - 2012-05-23 18:10

    NOW is the time to focus on what we have in common. NOW is the time to share our gifts with each other. NOW is the time to listen to real people instead of the media. NOW is the time, the chance, our moment to be free… and that can only be true if we are all together. There are no differences between us, only diversity. There is no Us and Them. There is only one as it has and always will be,. We only have the choice of realizing Unity or the Illusion of separation. We are one. NOW more than ever before.