A new poll ranks South Africa’s political and most influential leaders, including the current president, and two potential candidates for the next presidential elections, in 2019.
The poll comes at an interesting time in South Africa’s political history, with a previously unencumbered ruling party, the ANC, under real threat from both the DA and EFF.
The eNCA/Ipsos Approval Ratings poll canvassed 3,416 adult South Africans between October and November of 2016.
The respondents were asked to rate the following leaders on a scale of 0 to 10 – where 10 means totally for and 0 totally against:
- President Jacob Zuma
- Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa
- Finance minister Pravin Gordhan
- DA leader Mmusi Maimane
- EFF leader Julius Malema
- Former African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
The researchers noted that president Zuma’s popularity has waned substantially over a period of time from 5.7 at the start of his second term, to 4.0 most recently.
They said that support for deputy president, Ramaphosa, has remained steady over the past two years – 5.1 in November 2014 vs 5.2 in November 2016.
However, with a rating of 5.3, Dlamini-Zuma leads the popularity stakes.
The DA’s Maimane, meanwhile, has upped his ratings from 4.3 to 4.6, while his EFF counterpart, Julius Malema, has seen his support decline a bit to 3.2, from 3.5 over the past six months
“Pravin Gordhan is positively viewed as a leader and his rating is on the same level as that of the deputy president (at 5.2),” the poll’s researchers said.
The EFF and DA supporters were found to have very high regard for their own party leaders, who gave them 7.6 and 7.0 respectively.
Ramaphosa received the highest approval rating from his own party’s supporters (5.9), while Zuma and Gordhan were both rated 5.4.
Black South Africans scored Zuma a 4.6, while other racial demographics trail some way behind: Indians (2.7), whites (2.1) and coloured South Africans (1.6).
Unsurprisingly, most of Zuma’s support comes from rural areas: 4.9, while his popularity plummets in major metros: 3.5.
This poll was first published by eNCA, and the full findings are listed here