Zuma’s pop­u­lar­ity up since April elec­tions, sur­vey finds

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - CAIPHUS KGOSANA

THE ANC and Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s pop­u­lar­ity have shot up since the April elec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ip­sosMarki­nor sur­vey, on a scale of 0-10 – with zero be­ing to­tally against and 10 be­ing to­tally in favour of – South Africans rated Zuma at an im­pres­sive 7.6.

This is up from the over­all 6.1 rate Zuma got in April just be­fore he took over.

The Ip­sos-Marki­nor sur­vey comes a month af­ter a TSN sur­vey showed more than half its re­spon­dents ap­proved of Zuma’s lead­er­ship.

Black South Africans rated him highly at 8.2 out of 10, while white South Africans ad­justed their rat­ing of him from 2.3 in April to 5.4 when sam­pled again in Novem­ber.

About 3 500 adult South Africans were in­ter­viewed bet- ween Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

Unisa-based po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Dirk Kotze said Zuma’s fo­cus on na­tion build­ing and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion had brought back mem­o­ries of the Man­dela era, hence the in­crease in his ap­proval rat­ing among peo­ple of all pop­u­la­tion groups.

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