Zuma’s popularity up since April elections, survey finds
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.