The latest approval ratings poll for president Jacob Zuma, conducted by global research firm Ipsos and eNCA, shows that South Africans are ready for him to go.
The poll surveyed 3,500 demographically representative adults over the age of 18 on whether president Zuma was still doing a good job, and whether or not they wanted him to stand down voluntarily.
Almost two-thirds of South Africans (65%) said that Zuma should resign, and only 27% said he was still doing a good job and should stay on.
According to Ipsos, this marks the lowest point for Zuma’s national approval rating, which has been in steady decline over his term as president.
Notably, this is also apparent with the ANC support base, where the poll results showed that 62% of ANC supporters who took part in the poll disapprove of Zuma, with only 18% still backing him.
Zuma’s sinking approval rating can be pinned on two recent events, Ipsos said – namely the firing of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, and the country’s subsequent decline to junk status.
This proved to be two big concerns among respondents, with more than half of both total adults and ANC supporters strongly agreeing that this move was a mistake.
Fears around junk status also persist, with respondents agreeing that junk status will have a negative impact on job creation in the country.
“The news – the stories about state capture and corruption, that really haunts the president,” Ipsos said. “There is also the issue of a loss of (ANC) support.”
Zuma this past weekend survived a second attempt from within the party to have him removed as president of the country.
Members within the ANC NEC put forward a motion of no confidence in Zuma, which was debated over 70 party members, and ultimately defeated by a reportedly wide margin.
Zuma has faced calls to step down as president from all sectors of society, including former party leaders, its alliance members in Cosatu and the SACP, businesses leaders, community leaders, religious bodies, and South African citizens themselves.
The president said he will not go anywhere unless the ANC structures that elected him ask him to go.