As the 2019 general elections approach, a new survey shows that the majority of South Africans would vote for the ANC were the country to head to the polls tomorrow.  

This is according to survey results announced by the Association for Free Research and International Cooperation (Afric).

The results were the outcome of polls conducted by Afric across all nine provinces. 

“The political party that is trusted by the majority of South Africans to be in charge of the country’s further development is the ANC,” the association said on Tuesday in Sandton.

According to Afric project coordinator Mikael Cheuwa, two polls were conducted: one from October 11 to 20, 2018, and another from January 29 to February 8, 2019.

The poll conducted in 2018 had 2 249 respondents while the one from 2019 recorded 1 501 respondents. 

“[From] the people we interviewed, we wanted to know how many of them are willing to vote. We have 75.5 percent of registered voters right now saying they would definitely vote in the upcoming election. Only 14.1 percent of the respondents said they will not vote in any case,” Cheuwa said.

A recorded 10.4 percent of respondents said they had not decided whether they would vote or not.

Samples for the surveys were based on quota limits that corresponded with demographic characteristics of the country’s citizenry.

The survey also questioned the attitude of respondents towards various political parties, particularly the leading three parties: the ANC, DA and EFF. 

“We came out with search results that 59.9 percent have a positive attitude towards the leading party (ANC), and the second position, the EFF with 34.6 percent of people having a good attitude towards them, and the DA comes third with 28 percent%,” Cheuwa said. 

February 2019 marked exactly one year since President Cyril Ramaphosa took office. The second survey asked respondents about their attitude towards him. 

“We found that 49 percent of the respondents positively assessed the performance of the president and 19.7 percent negatively rated President Ramaphosa,” Afric president, Jose Matemulane said. 

He added that 55.4 percent of respondents said they would like to see Ramaphosa continue as president for the next five years, while 15.9 percent wanted someone else.