Ramapho­ria in re­ces­sion

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - An­disiwe Mak­i­nana

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%. –


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