Ramaphoria in recession
Ramaphoria‚ the elation that engulfed SA in the wake of the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president and president of the republic‚ is evaporating.
Ramaphosa’s job approval rating as president dropped to 62% at the end of September from 68% three months ago.
Support for the ANC also slid from 64% of people who “liked” the party between April and the end of June to 58% at the end of September.
The ANC has‚ however‚ still benefited from Ramaphosa being at the helm‚ according to a survey published by Cape Town-based research company Citizen Surveys this week.
Over the past year, support for the party has seen a net growth from 42% to 58%.
While Ramaphosa still ranks as the most popular party leader polled over the past 12 months‚ comparatively speaking his favourability rating has significantly decreased over the third quarter of 2018‚ dropping from 64% to 56%.
The DA’s Mmusi Maimane’s favourability score remained at 31%, where it has levelled off over the past 12 months‚ while South Africans who feel close to the DA have declined slightly since the first quarter of 2018‚ from 8% to 7%.
“This is likely the result of the DA’s internal conflicts and the ANC and EFF opposition it faces in the metros it holds‚” the survey found.
EFF leader Julius Malema’s popularity has dropped from 31% in the previous quarter to 29%, while over the past two years his popularity ratings have almost doubled from 16% to 29% and his impact on improving the EFF’s image has increased from 22% to 39%.
The research found that the EFF had a relatively stable core constituency which was mainly young and urbanised black men‚ in contrast with the DA’s diverse and multiracial base.
Meanwhile, the proportion of South Africans who believe the country is heading in the wrong direction grew from 55% to 65%‚ while those who believe the country is heading in the right direction dropped from 37% to 28%. –