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Press release from Pondering Panda
9 December, 2014
Full results available on request

Less than 2 in 5 South Africans approve of Zuma’s performance

In a recent study conducted by consumer insights company Pondering Panda, it was found that fewer than 2 in 5 South Africans approved of Jacob Zuma’s leadership. 2049 respondents, between the ages of 18 and 49, were interviewed across South Africa, and asked whether they thought, as president, Zuma was doing a good job of running the country. The survey found that 38% of South Africans believed Zuma was doing a good job as president. In comparison, 56% felt he was not doing a good job, and 7% were unsure.

Zuma’s approval rating was lower among younger respondents, with 34% of 18 to 24 year olds feeling he was doing a good job as president, compared to 57% of 45 to 49 year olds. There were no significant differences among gender or race groups.

By region, KwaZulu-Natal was the only province where respondents were more likely to approve of Zuma’s leadership than disapprove of it. 48% of KZN respondents felt he was doing a good as president, compared to 44% who did not think so. In comparison, only 40% of Gauteng respondents approved of Zuma’s presidency, and this number fell even further in the Western Cape, where just 22% of adults gave Zuma the thumbs-up.

Shirley Eadie, spokesperson for Pondering Panda said, “It’s no surprise that support for Zuma’s presidency is so low. He is still dogged by the Nkandla scandal, and his response to the Public Protector’s report hasn’t inspired confidence that the issue is being addressed the way the public believes it should be. Add to that ongoing disruption in parliament, and Zuma has a long way to go if he is to win back support. It’s also clear that younger adults are less tolerant of Zuma. His appeal amongst young people remains low, which could spell trouble for future elections.”

Interviews were carried out both on cellphones and online between the 16th and the 25th of October, across South Africa, excluding deep rural areas. Responses were weighted to be nationally representative in terms of age, gender and race. Pondering Panda conducts surveys via a variety of digital media, including the Mxit social network and Panel Services Africa’s (PSA) online panel. PSA uses responsive surveys (accessible via mobile phones, computers and tablets) to conduct interviews with their panel and respondents are incentivised for each survey they complete. On Mxit, interviews are conducted through an interactive app on mobile phones. The app is available for both feature phones and smartphones, and is accessible on more than 3000 different mobile handsets. Respondents opt-in to surveys voluntarily and are not incentivised.

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