Zuma's approval ratings at 48%

2012-09-25 12:49

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma's approval ratings in major metropolitan areas have stabilised at 48%, according to a survey conducted by market research company TNS and released on Tuesday.

"The president’s approval rating in metro areas in the first two weeks of August 2012 stood at 48%," TNS said in a statement.

"This compares with 55% in February, 46% in mid-April and 51% in a smaller survey in July."

The survey was conducted among 2 000 adults from the seven major metropolitan areas in South Africa, interviewed face to face. The margin of error for the survey was less than 2.5%.

A survey conducted in July was a smaller, cellphone study of 200 people in metro areas, with a margin of error of less than 7%.

Approval levels differed considerably by population group.

Blacks had an approval level of 62%, whites 24%, coloureds 19%, and Indians and Asians 23%.

These were similar the figures in the April survey.

"There is no difference by gender," TNS said.

Small lead for Motlanthe

"Younger people are more positive, but this largely correlates with the age profiles of the different race groups."

People whose home language was isiZulu, gave Zuma the highest ratings at 71%.

English and Afrikaans speakers averaged 24%, and other language groups averaged 55%.

By contrast, the approval rating of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in August was 51%, with 34% being negative and 16% giving a "don’t know" responses. This compared with 49% in April.

This indicated Motlanthe had maintained a small lead from April to August.

In August, whites, Coloureds, Indians and Asians averaged 23% approval ratings. Among black people, 65% approved of Motlanthe.

Higher approval levels came from those aged 25 to 34 years (58%) and the lowest from those aged 50 to 60 years (39%).

No gender differences were evident.

"All black language groups evince essentially the same approval level of 65%," TNS said. "This is the same as in April."

However, approval rates had risen among whites, Indians and Asians.

All-time low

In metro areas, 32% said Zuma should have a second term as president, with 55% disagreeing and 13% giving a "don't know" response.

A total of 39% said Motlanthe should be the next president, with 40% disagreeing and 27% giving a "don’t know" response.

While age and gender differences were small, a breakdown by population group showed Motlanthe’s lead came largely from the black metro population:

In Soweto, Zuma's 48% approval rating was the lowest since he assumed office.

In Port Elizabeth, the figure of 30% was also an all-time low.

However, he had regained some traction in Durban.

Motlanthe showed gains on the West Rand and in Pretoria, and in Durban and Port Elizabeth.

He showed higher approval ratings than Zuma in Gauteng (especially Soweto and Pretoria) and the Eastern Cape, but was lower in Durban.

Presidential choice

In terms of presidential choice, Motlanthe was ahead of Zuma in many parts of Gauteng, especially Soweto, the South Rand/Vaal Triangle and Pretoria, and the Eastern Cape. However, Zuma was ahead in Durban.

Zuma was also ahead among isiZulu home speakers, at 52%, but was well behind among all other black language groups.

Zuma scored 22% among isiXhosa speakers, while Motlanthe scored 46%.

He had the support of 40% of SeSotho speakers, against Motlanthe's 59%.

Zuma polled only 40% among Setswana and other language speakers, while Motlanthe polled 54%.

Zille poll

Overall 47% of metro dwellers agreed that Helen Zille was doing a good job as Western Cape premier.

Only 35% of blacks agreed, but 74% of whites, 71% of Coloureds, and 49% of Indians/Asians agreed.

In Cape Town, 68% of metro dwellers agreed she was doing a good job, including 41% of blacks, 89% of whites, and 76% of Coloureds.

"Whilst Mr Zuma’s and Mr Motlanthe’s approval levels are very similar, the deputy president has maintained a small lead for the last six months," TNS said.

This small lead occurred across all race groups.

"However, in terms of presidential choice, the gap between the two men is somewhat wider, with strong regional and language differences, not surprisingly, being evident."

Among black metro dwellers, Motlanthe had a majority of support, especially in Soweto.

But, for all questions, the percentage of people giving a "don’t know" response was higher for Motlanthe.

This meant people were less sure of him, said TNS.

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-09-25 12:53

    The best is Johannesburg Metropolitan Zoo = 100%. hehehehehehehe

      kim.buren - 2012-09-25 13:41

      LOL, stats are crooked

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-25 13:48

      OK so 48% of our country's population must be cookoo or delusional. Sorry Zoema but this country has gone from BAD to WORST during your reign!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-25 13:52

      Nobody I know of has seen or heard of this survey. I smell a rat.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-09-25 17:01

      Suppose to be 4,8%

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-09-25 18:00

      In the EU the lowest level of people asked has to be set at 5% of the nations population whom are citizens - passport holding citzens In the USA the lead in is at 7% of USA citzens are polled. I find this a total joke at 2000 people , i presume some dont even know who he is. what a spin story for boosting ones self. PATHETIC single party state .

  • Raymon - 2012-09-25 12:57

    So, there's you proof, 48% of all people in metropolitan areas are total idiots.

      Dave - 2012-09-25 13:13

      correct, stats dont lie....

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 13:21

      hahahahahahahah... sorry couldn't stop lauhahahaha...

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-09-25 13:07

    Who the hell out there still supports the adulterous idiot that is Jacob Zuma?? What exactly are the reasons for supporting this embarrassment of a president?? What is Zuma giving these people?? Whatever it is, I WANT SOME, so i can give to my ex girlfriends and all the beautiful women out there..

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-09-25 13:07

    Who the hell out there still supports the adulterous idiot that is Jacob Zuma?? What exactly are the reasons for supporting this embarrassment of a president?? What is Zuma giving these people?? Whatever it is, I WANT SOME, so i can give to my ex girlfriends and all the beautiful women out there..

  • Jeremy - 2012-09-25 13:07

    The article says "only" 35% of black people thought Zille was doing a good job. That's actually huge in terms of support for the DA. If it translates into votes come the next election in 2014, that figure is going to have a massive impact when added to the overwhelming support for Zille from other population sectors. I'd be stupid to suggest the ANC will get voted out of power in 2014, but I think that may actually happen in 2019.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 13:23

      Helen must be doing backflips with joy... Oops, no, she probably was laughing so much at the 48% nonsense she didn't get to the 35% bit...

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-09-25 13:13

    how do they do this survey??? only in gauteng..tswane

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 13:23


      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 13:24

      N24 guy held up three men at gunpoint and said "You love Zuma, don't you...?"

      Dave - 2012-09-25 13:36

      and shot them when they said please

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-25 13:53

      I'm glad to see we still have our sense of humour in tact.

  • jan.human - 2012-09-25 13:31

    Just another proof that a troop will always follow their leader, no matter what.....Boggem boggem... eish...

  • sandor.l.varga - 2012-09-25 13:37

    Just tell me please: what is he doing? Looking for a new wife or just looking busy? He will be in New York to give a lecture about importance of basic education. Lol

  • issa.kabudula - 2012-09-25 13:55

    I think Zuma must be given another term - save Motlanthe for the next term, I understand politics well both men are useful to the development of South Africa. Both men can bring tangible change to the masses of the people in this country if they want to do so - both men can push service delivery to the people, reduce unemployment, and bring human development which the world can admire - but all of these stand in their understanding of development and A.N.C ideology of what does the party want to achieve after going in the bush, took the leadership and now what fighting for positions and big tenders?

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 14:05

      They cant deliver sh1%&te to a sewage farmn

      Jeremy - 2012-09-25 14:07

      Zuma is's time for him to retire. Apart from which he has very little formal education which shows in that he's been in power for 3 years, during which time corruption and incompetence have flourished, and education, healthcare and just about every other government service have gone downhill. And you're seriously suggesting he be given another term? I think the very least we should expect of our leaders is a tertiary education - or were you not listening to what Barney Pityana had to say this morning?

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 14:08

    48% infavour. Really?

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 14:09

    White people at 24%. What country did you do this survey in?

      Jeremy - 2012-09-25 14:25

      Henk, they're probably the ones who still feel guilty about apartheid. And let's face it, there are some pretty "dof" white people around too!

      nadineelvina.francis - 2012-09-25 15:38

      The whites getting large tenders maybe.

      steve.lategan.7 - 2012-09-25 17:25

      Maybe the borders for the respective metro areas were 'EXPERIMENTALLY EXPANDED" for just this survey? And, ooops! was never mentioned?

  • Eterni80 - 2012-09-25 14:12

    this is a pile of brown stuff - this dork just sits on hands, while the country rots away. the cANCer ruling style is to send the fir brigade 3 months after the house burnt down.

  • evan.connock - 2012-09-25 14:13

    what did he do? Dish out thousands of ballots to the 6 wives?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-25 14:28

    Really?. I wonder who they asked?. Probably his family.

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-09-25 17:41

      Ja,and who did the counting cause most"up there only got St.7??

  • muzi.myeni - 2012-09-25 14:38

    One wud hav hoped 4 a less tribalist research than this? Where are other lingoz that hav bin overlooked 4 years: your Venda, Tsonga, Swati

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-09-25 14:41

    It is shocking to think that 48% of South Africans are so ignorant and stupid. "Blacks had an approval level of 62%, whites 24%, coloureds 19%, and Indians and Asians 23%" Well, the Coloureds are the most intelligent of all South Africans.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-25 14:51

      I second that

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-25 14:58

      the sad part about it is that the so called stupid have been running this country forever (Whites and Blacks according to you) and guess what it is still standing and i am asking myself if you were that smart by now shouldnt you have seen the way to the airport taking a one way flight to Sidney or maybe just maybe also in Australia they dont want dummies like you - sorry in fact i think you are lucky that you still have a place in South Africa be grateful dummy

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-25 15:33

      Who says I am commenting from SA you dummy.

      steve.lategan.7 - 2012-09-25 17:28

      Well said!! Jannie. I grew up in the Cape Metro, and believe me, they are very intelligent, and that is not tongue-in-the-cheek!!

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-25 14:50

    I wonder who is the 24% of whites who supports this fool. Are there really so many blind and brain dead amoung us

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-25 14:55

      let me help you there Devon think Derek Hanekom, think George Bizos, think Marthinus van Schalkwyk must i go on? Maybe you are the one who needs to get your head checked out

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-25 15:13

      Oh thanks tsepo derek hanekom and marthinus van schalkwyk walk with brown rings around the mouths in order to secure their seats on the gravy train. You are wrong about George, he is very disenchated by the zuma government. Now you gave 3 names, and unless there is only about 10 whites in south africa, it's not 24%. My head is fine thanks for the concern.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-25 14:53

    i wonder what is the relevance of this surveys unlike in the US i dont think this surveys gives us any indications and again considering that the president of the ANC is only elected by ANC and Tripartite members only - so i really dont see the significance

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-25 14:59

    Sad that when this surveys are done against Julius and the results comes out in your favour you approve them but now its against your taste you disapprove them

      steve.lategan.7 - 2012-09-25 17:34

      tshepo, the difference lies here-in: Anything and everything about that little jerk Motormouth Malema is incredibly negative, corrupt, vile and alas, also very, very stupid. It is also extremely unacceptable to live a lavish lifestyle like his, with millions living below the so-called breadline, the latter argument being the exact same whip with which the ANC turds are castigating rich whites in South Africa! Talk about double standards!!!

  • steve.lategan.7 - 2012-09-25 17:18

    Goodness gracious me! A 48% rating? Among blacks, mostly?And the Fat Man stil does not get the picture? But then, look who rated him... people with the same dumb, controlled, ANC infested mindsets! Wake up, Black South Africa! The hot dog handouts seem to be still fresh in the minds of the majority of citizens....

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-25 17:45

    Hang on this means that he has only got as far as promising 48% tenders etc if they support him, he is still working on the rest. Dont rush him please.

  • jam3son.walk3r - 2012-09-25 18:27

    48% of this country are idiots

  • siphiwevusi.mabika - 2012-09-25 18:46

    Zuma for president, that survey was done in people who Will not participate in Mangaung, worse; participants are not ANC only

  • thabo.mopasi - 2012-09-30 16:21

    These are good news for our democracy and for zuma.

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