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First results from the national survey of the ANC by Markdata

Posted on: Mon 30 Oct 2017

Political violence and corruption are two grave concerns among ANC die-hards surveyed in KwaZulu-Natal in September and October this year, but they’re split down the middle on whether there’s a corrupt relationship between President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family. The province is likely to be a crucial player during the ANC elective conference in December, but it’s divided by factionalism and political violence. The survey, conducted by Markdata in association with also reveals Kwazulu-Natal’s favourite candidate to lead the ANC.


The interviews were done face to face in the preferred language of the respondent. Almost 5000 people nationwide were interviewed. In KwaZulu-Natal, Markdata interviewed 969 people as part of a national survey. 561 of them had voted for the ANC in the past two elections.

Political violence and corruption main concerns

Nearly 70 percent of ANC voters surveyed said the party is not doing enough to end political violence and more than 60% believe the government of the province is not handling factionalism well. Concerns too about efforts by the provincial government to fight corruption. More than 56 percent said they were not doing well. However, nearly 42 percent did endorse the KZN government’s efforts.

State capture draws a strong response

When asked if they thought it was true that the government and state-owned enterprises were being run from within by a criminal mafia, a combined total of nearly 70 percent believed it was either completely true, partially true or did not contain much truth. Less than 20 percent of ANC voters said the statement was completely false.

Split over President Zuma and the Guptas

Markdata then asked voters if they thought there was a corrupt relationship between President Zuma and the Guptas. Even ANC loyalists in Zuma’s home province were split down the middle on this crucial issue. 41.8 percent said they believed there was a corrupt relationship, 41.5 percent said there wasn’t. 16.6 percent of the ANC voters refused to answer this question.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the lead amongst KZN voters

As the ANC presidential race hots up, ANC voters in KwaZulu-Natal have a favourite. Respondents were given a choice of seven frontrunners - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Lindiwe Sisulu, Baleka Mbete, Matthews Phosa, Jeff Radebe and Zweli Mkhize. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma emerged as the preferred choice of more than 44 percent of the people.
Cyril Ramaphosa was second with just over 24 percent. However, just over 14 percent said they favoured no candidate, which could be a reflection of the factional battles in the province.

Party faithful not sold on radical economic transformation

While Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the party favourite in the province, voters do not seem aligned with her calls for radical economic transformation. Over 57 percent hold the view that the party should become more pro-business in order to grow the economy and creating jobs. Less than 20 percent said more radical wealth redistribution policies should be pursued.

Race relations improving in KwaZulu-Natal say ANC voters

The racist comments made by estate agent Penny Sparrow after New Year celebrations on Durban’s beachfront in 2016 made racism a national talking point. But when asked whether race relations have worsened or improved, more than 67.8 percent of ANC voters polled said matters had improved. Nearly 11 percent said race relations had worsened.

Premier gets a thumbs up

Premier Willies Mchunu received a positive response from the ANC voters polled. Over 49 percent said he was doing a good job, and a further 25 percent said they were satisfied with him. Only 14 percent gave him the thumbs down. Perhaps there is some comfort as he navigates a way through the political challenges he faces in the province.

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Michael Pocock
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