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Posted on Thursday, 04 August 2016 11:30

Polling the people of South Africa

By Charlie Hamilton

Ahead of the August local elections, The Africa Report organised a survey to take the temperature of South Africans' attitudes to a range of political and economic issues.

South Africa is hungry for change and frustrated with the country's current political direction, according a poll conducted ahead of the 3 August local elections by The Africa Report in conjunction with GeoPoll, the world's largest mobile surveying platform.

The results of the survey of more than 500 people from across the country found a population predominantly satisfied with the economy but troubled by the current political trajectory.

The majority said they felt more financially secure than four years ago and put creating jobs as their top policy priority.

One key result of the research was the overwhelming number who said they planned to vote for change. While nationally 87.4% reported they wanted change, this rose to 89.8% in Eastern Cape, home to Port Elizabeth, one of the key election targets where the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is under most pressure from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Gauteng recorded the highest level of contentment, with only 12.4% of respondents endorsing change, however this data was gathered before the violent June street protests in Tshwane.

Western Cape, where the DA has controlled Cape Town since 2011 reported the lowest level of satisfaction with South Africa's political trajectory, with only 19.6% of people saying they were happy with it, almost 10% lower than the national average.

For satisfaction with the economy, Western Cape stood out from the crowd with only 5.8% reporting they were very satisfied and 33.3% saying they were satisfied, compared to national averages of 17.3% and 42%, respectively.

Of particular concern for the ANC will be the fact that 41.3% of respondents also said they would make their decisions in the municipal elections on the basis of local issues against 52.7% on national matters. More than two-thirds said they would vote for the same party in the local elections as they would in the national elections in 2019. ●

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