President Cyril Ramaphosa continues to enjoy the highest favourability rating of any political leader in South Africa, according to the latest South African Citizen Survey.
According to its website, the SA Citizen Survey collates “data from face-to-face interviews with a nationally-representative sample of 1,300 respondents per month on a variety of topics.”
In its latest survey conducted in November/December 2019, Ramaphosa enjoys a favourability rating of 61%.
Mboweni second, Gordhan third
While releasing the results on Friday last week, SA Citizen Survey’s strategic research director Reza Omar said the President reached a high point of 62% during last year’s elections.
Omar added, “In the successive period, despite all the challenges facing him and the country, he maintained these very high ratings.”
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni comes second with a 33% rating, followed by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at 28%.
Next are Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema (26%), Deputy President David Mabuza (24%), Democratic Alliance (DA) Interim Leader John Steenhuisen (15%) and African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule (13%).
Survey ‘covers all the areas’
In an interview with Cape Talk on Monday, Omar defended the SA Citizen Survey against concerns that it may not be fully representative of South Africans’ views.
He said, “This is a national probability study, so we cover all the areas – metro, urban, rural, deep rural – so that everybody has an opportunity to have their voices heard.
“Since its inception in 2015, the South African Citizen Survey has interviewed just over 66,000 South Africans to hear what they have to say.”
However, it is not all rosy for Ramaphosa because just 28% of those interviewed in the latest survey believe the country is heading in the right direction. This is a drop from 38% recorded in May last year.
Citizens are also losing trust in Eskom’s ability to provide sufficient electricity supply, with only 44% trusting it from a high of 56% at the beginning of 2019.
Ramaphosa has a chance to restore more confidence in his government at Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament in Cape Town.