Zuma's approval ratings plunge

2011-10-03 14:15

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma's approval rating in metro areas has declined by 3% since the beginning of March, according to a survey by marketing group TNS.

"President Zuma's approval levels in metro areas, as measured in September, show a long, slow decline overall since the highs of November 2009," TNS head of innovation Neil Higgs said of the survey released on Monday.

"After a year of volatility during 2010, Zuma's approval level for September 2011 shows a slow decline – 45% of metro adults approve of the way the president is doing his job, compared with 48% in March."

Higgs said the decline in recent months had been "more marked" amongst coloureds, Indians/Asians, and older people.

Younger people were still more favourably disposed to Zuma compared with other age groups.

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Higgs said Zuma's approval levels showed considerable volatility in 2010, dropping to 43% in February of that year from an end-2009 high of 58%.

There was a partial recovery in May, but September figures showed a sharp decline, with some recovery in November to 49%.

Higgs said the March study was conducted in the first two weeks of March 2011, at the start of local government elections campaigning.

The latest reading was conducted between August 25 and September 12.

The period coincides with the early stages of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's disciplinary hearing, and the announcement of Justice Moegeng Moegeng as Zuma's chief justice nominee.

It was however, prior to the announcement of an inquiry into the arms deal, which could improve sentiment towards Zuma.

Coloureds, Indians not happy

Higgs said the September 2011 reading for blacks was "effectively unchanged". Figures for whites were also unchanged.

For coloureds, sentiment had shifted strongly towards the negative.

For Indians there was more volatility, but the latest reading was "by far" the poorest recorded during Zuma's tenure.

Zuma's drop in support occurred over most areas in Gauteng.

Durban had showed a steep drop, linked to "very poor" Indian/Asian results. The Eastern Cape had shown "some improvement".

Margin of error

Overall, Gauteng, along with Durban, Bloemfontein and the Eastern Cape had the highest approval levels. Cape Town had by far the poorest figures.

People aged 18 to 34 were the most positive about Zuma, with 52% supporting him.

Those aged 60 and older were the least positive, with 30% supporting him.

The studies were conducted amongst 2 000 adults – 1 260 blacks, 385 whites, 240 coloureds and 115 Indians/Asians - in the seven major metropolitan areas.

The study has a margin of error of under 2.5% for the results found in the total sample.

  • farmworker - 2011-10-03 14:24

    News24 please tell us something we don't already know

      cliffarc - 2011-10-03 15:19

      - The man was never leadership material to start with. And looking through their ranks, is there anyone fit for the job ?

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-10-03 15:32


      Currie_Mafia - 2011-10-03 15:32

      Coloureds, Indians not happy...i.e. Gatvol !

      Together - 2011-10-03 15:49

      Association to the youth league, tolerating wide-spread racism against SA minorities from political platforms, singing about machine guns and allowing constant calls to shoot boers (any thinking person wonders who will be shot once we've run out of boers), job losses due to policies and loss of foreign investment, allowing generals and ANC satellite leaders to build fiefdoms and pronounce on foreign policy - these are just some of the reasons that older and thinking South Africans have lost faith and interest in the new ANC leadership.

      marco - 2011-10-03 15:49

      @farmworker Approval Ratings changes frequently and all the time mate between election periods so its not a foregone conclusion kinda thing if you catch my drift.Its what happens during the actual voting that matters most in all democratic countries.

  • Pekkie - 2011-10-03 14:25


      GetitRight - 2011-10-05 15:33

      @ZUMA... Dear Mr. President. My advice to you is to simply do what was done in save yourself cut a deal with that "CLEVER MAN" Mbeki and you must nominate Mbeki to be the next President. The Wolves are at your door and they are circling you for THE KILL. Think outside the box....maybe you can still retain the Deputy President role if you follow my THE WOLVES are scared of that "CLEVER MAN" and used you to get rid of him. In this way you will show THE WOLVES your little finger and that you do know how to play the survival game. This can be your "umshini wami".....that you can use on your political opponents.

  • John - 2011-10-03 14:28

    you dont say

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-03 14:30

      No sh1t Sherlocks ;-)

  • Steen - 2011-10-03 14:30

    Useless article and waste of space.

  • morena - 2011-10-03 14:34

    i'm sure he will be applying his mind over this here hahahahahahahahahahahahaaa

      Ingie - 2011-10-03 14:40

      Bwahhh..he will be saying Eish have no idea why this is happening.. Now thats what I call the difference..his famous saying

  • Cire - 2011-10-03 14:35

    3% decline with a 2.5% margin! This is a plunge?

      Together - 2011-10-03 15:50

      think what 3% of 20 million is...

      Cire - 2011-10-03 19:36

      Well, actually somewhere between .5% and 5.5% of 20 million.

  • Ingie - 2011-10-03 14:37

    Not surprised as you not doing what you say...rather put your money where your mouth is or rather keep it shut

  • RainbowZombi - 2011-10-03 14:38

    But then they will still vote anc.

      ChrisKhoza - 2011-10-03 14:55

      Then doesn't it show you how inaccurate these polls are?

      Dan154 - 2011-10-03 15:04

      exactly my point... These polls are inaccurate..

  • - 2011-10-03 14:43

    ONE term president like Obama! He has not been "applying his mind" to very much these days. Trips to Norway etc when crucial issues need his attention at home. What happened to the dear minister who threw her toys out of her hand=bag in Scandinavia - another waste of tax-payers dollars. Oh who cares - the poor are getting poorer etc etc......Maybe another wife or two are needed in the harem to boost his vote count - a bit more!!!

  • Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-10-03 14:45


      phillie - 2011-10-03 15:44

      At the end of his tenure only his wifes will give him a positive approval rating not because he is good in bed but for the benefits of being a presidents wife

  • Allrightythen - 2011-10-03 14:58

    Zuma is and always was a poor candidate. It is shameful having a immoral person in any position of power let alone as president. If this is the best the ANC have then it is time for the National party to come back into power

      WarDog - 2011-10-03 15:10

      What do you mean? Zuma embodies the essence of what the ANC is and stand for. He is the perfect candidate.... for the ANC.

      Voyager - 2011-10-03 15:18

      Was going to 'like' your comment as I agree with most of what you said - except where you ask for the National Party to be back in power. Just can't get myself to agree to that.

      Together - 2011-10-03 15:53

      @ Allrightythen - drink a strong cup of coffee, then call a reliable friend to help you figure out that there are sensible alternatives without going for the one choice that is even worse than the new ANC. Really, please try. Whoever you THINK you represent, you certainly don't represent me.

  • Zion - 2011-10-03 15:14

    I think only 2000 respondents is far too small to work out a meaningful outcome. 6000 should do the trick but the population ethnic and racial make-up should also be counted in and considered.

  • Musa Ngubane - 2011-10-03 15:30

    Another survey. We have had so many of them, predicting this and that. Many of them predicted that the ANC was not going to win the 2009 general elections. What's new about these surveys? I wonder who is behind them.

      Pete OJ - 2011-10-03 15:38

      Musa; clearly you only want to beleive what you want too. Surveys indicated a deceline in support and that happened. No survey indicated an opposition win except in some areas. Who is behind them? - sorry it is classified for the sake of national security

      IC1 - 2011-10-03 15:44

      The ANCYL you twat

      Mantsho - 2011-10-03 19:11

      l cannot wait for this survey to predict that if our country SA is going to go down it will be because of Zulus, the most stupid people in SA.

  • Nkutist - 2011-10-03 15:33

    The people have spoken.... Its good to know that people see straight through some of the bulls**t!!!

  • Arachnid - 2011-10-03 15:39

    Only 3%? Everybody I talk to thinks the man is a waste of space!

  • ratex - 2011-10-03 15:53

    I can't beleef. Lets see, std 3 with a gazillion wives? Mmmmh. Wonder where the test tube babies are [gunja, Ziso, kolobe, polony], you never hear or see them on these threads.

  • YES - 2011-10-03 16:18

    I hold no brief for President Zuma and the Anc. But it appears the research is gauged against interest of white people - Jilius Malema and arm deal. These are pet issues that having been in the media for longtime and are on every white person's month as they stop at nothing to exorcise themselves from the 'demon'. It is from this background that this resarch must be seen and condemned.

  • Kuifie - 2011-10-03 16:37

    Maybe now is a good time for him to to the honorable thing and jump ship. He should quit while he is still ahead! :-) Anyway, not so sure if the next-in-lines are any better...

  • capetonian - 2011-10-03 17:29

    He should be Court - after all the "corrupter" was found guilty! How can the "corruptee" avoid answering the same charges? That's apart from his appointment of incompetent and corrupt officials - allowing the likes of the kindergarden head to make inflammatory and racist statements in his presence from public platforms!! The most expensive collection of Ministers and their hangers-on since 1994 (probably ever in the history of this country!)

  • george60 - 2011-10-03 18:07

    Useless only read what he is been told to say. All empty bloody promises and no action typical ANC strategy? Who can proof me wrong?

  • letsee - 2011-10-03 20:17

    Being Mr. Nice doesn't please anyone and Malema wants your place not your support.

  • ArthurDent - 2011-10-03 21:53

    Did anybody notice that our ex sheepherder prez is now Dr.Zuma? On his breakfast with the rich and corrupt the SABC referred to him as Doctor! How did that happen? What university? Is it a honorary degree and how much honour is there in being called a doctor if you didn't pass matric?

      Janine - 2011-10-03 22:50

      I did see somewhere that he had been given an honory doctorate - unfortunately I can't remember the details.

  • Nkosisan - 2011-10-04 05:17

    You don't say....

  • Hotdogging - 2011-10-06 21:15

    Ok so zuma wont get a second chance, now he can be prosecuted with little support, would be lovely to see this maaifoedies enjoy a little jail time. We live in hope.

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