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Cyril’s popularity has dropped, according to new survey

A recent article by Eric Naki originally published in The Citizen says that the president’s performance rating grew from 64% in the first quarter (Q1) to 68% in Q2 and dropped to 54% in the current quarter.   Ramaphoria is waning and South Africans’ perceptions of the...

Shifting ground and quicksand towards Election 2019

A recent article by Professor Susan Booysen originally published in the Daily Maverick  showed substantial improvements in public perceptions of  the ANC governments performance with Cyril Ramaphosa’s approval rating coming in close to 60%, compared with Zuma’s 24% of late 2017. Will the new political dynamics of early...

Survey shows Zuma and ANC’s mutual dance to the bottom

This recent article by Professor Bob Mattes originally published in The Conversation shows how Zuma's decrease in popularity brought the ANC's popularity down with him. Opinion polls in South Africa have clearly shown the sharp decline in citizens’ approval of Jacob Zuma’s performance as president over...

Cyril boosts ANC’s election prospects

A recent article by Yadhana Jadoo in The Citizen shows how having Cyril Ramaphosa as president will boost the ANC's chances of winning over popularity for the 2019 elections. The president’s popularity is bigger than that of the party, but if he fails to act decisively...

President Zuma’s Approval Rating Hits Lowest Point Yet

Over the past six months, South Africans have given President Jacob Zuma the worst performance ratings of any President since the advent of our country’s democracy. Only one-in-four South Africans (25%) believe Zuma is doing a good job, while over seven-in-ten (72%) said that he is...

Ramaphosa Takes Lead over Dlamini-Zuma in Voter Preference for ANC Nomination

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa continues his lead in the race for presidential nomination by the African National Congress (ANC). The South African Citizen Survey (SACS), a monthly survey carried out by Citizen Surveys, since 2015 has asked South Africans about their views of the major contenders...

Future in the balance – by David Everatt and Ross Jennings

The ANC’s elective conference will be a crucial decider for 2019 voters, write David Everatt and Ross Jennings. As ANC branch members meet to nominate new leadership for the party’s upcoming December elective conference, they should be thinking about the effect that their choices will have...