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Fri Oct 24 12:20:31 SAST 2014

Zuma's national approval at 52%: survey

Sapa | 17 December, 2012 12:45
President Jacob Zuma's national approval level is 52%
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

President Jacob Zuma's national approval level is 52%, while deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe's is at 70%, according to a survey released on Monday.

"The survey found that, overall, 52% of people surveyed approved of the way President Zuma is doing his job," TNS South Africa said in a statement.

The survey was conducted between December 6 and 10 via cellphone amongst a national sample of 3 100 people, aged between 18 and 45, living in South Africa's metro and non-metro areas.

The study showed that in metro areas the figure for Zuma fell slightly to 49%, but rose to 58% in non-metro areas.

Motlanthe's approval level was 70 percent overall, 67% in metro areas and 75% in non-metro areas.

"The previous metro reading for the deputy president was 51%. He has maintained a small lead over the president the whole year, but this has now widened considerably."

TNS said that as always in South African political matters, there were major differences by race.

As the study was done a few days before the African National Congress's national elective conference in Mangaung it was worth noting that amongst black South Africans approval levels were, as usual, higher than for other groups, TNS said.

Among blacks Zuma had a 57% approval rating and Motlanthe 75%. In metro areas Zuma's approval rating fell and Motlanthe's rose.

Whilst there were no differences by gender for the figures for the president, the figures for the deputy president show higher approval levels among men.

No age differences occur for Motlanthe, but the figures show a rise in approval amongst younger people for Zuma.

"Not surprisingly, President Zuma's ratings are highest in KwaZulu-Natal, 64 percent, whereas Deputy President Motlanthe's figures are highest in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West, 80%."

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