South Africans lose faith in state of the nation
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News)- SURVEYS carried out by think-tanks ahead of the delivery of the State of the Nation Address (SoNA) by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday indicated the public was losing confidence in the current administration.
According to a research Ipsos, the market research firm, only about half of adult South Africans (48 percent) are of the opinion the National Government is performing desirably.
This is down 8 percentage points from May 2009, when Zuma came into power.
Over the same period the proportion of adult South Africans who were saying that the country was “going in the right direction” shrunk marginally.
Mari Harris, Director of Public Affairs at Ipsos South Africa, said in the case of nation building, which is uniting all South Africans into one nation, and access to land the success rate dropped over time and registered below 50 percent in November 2015.
He said the two elements, namely the crime rate and government corruption have always been rated below 50 percent.
Ratings improved in May 2014, but currently the proportion of those who said that the government handled these issues very or fairly well had declined again.
However, it was also important to note that the government had always rated low in their handling of economic issues.
These results are drawn from the Ipsos Pulse of the People study conducted by Ipsos.
A total of 3 617 personal face-to-face interviews were conducted with randomly selected adult South Africans. The interviews were done in the homes and home languages of respondents.
The survey findings by Ipsos follow almost similar conclusions by Afrobarometer on Tuesday, less than half of South Africans a decline in relation to their contentment with the country’s democracy.
It was reported less than half of South Africans currently believe that the country is “a full democracy” or “a democracy with minor problems” (48 percent) or are satisfied with its implementation (47 percent).
– CAJ News
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