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Mayors deemed more popular than premiers, latest eNCA and Markdata report reveals

Posted on: Tue 10 Oct 2017

Latest research ahead of the ANC’s elective conference

This week eNCA brings you the latest research conducted by Markdata and African Response.

Researchers polled ordinary South Africans who voted for the ANC in the 2014 national and 2016 local government elections. Sixteen focus groups in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Gauteng shared their perceptions on provincial ANC leaders. The findings show how the party is dealing with issues like unemployment, racism, political killings and corruption.

The latest research focused on perceptions of the ANC in the provinces polled. The data shows participants believe leaders are not close enough to the people, and therefore not immediately recognisable. People also seemed to have better relations with local leaders they depend on for services. Housing and unemployment emerged as key concerns. ANC supporters polled in KwaZulu-Natal also highlighted the numerous political killings and the government’s failure to intervene.

The research is presented and unpacked every Monday on eNCA’s new programme The Race.

The focus groups were carefully selected to represent urban, rural, male, female, young and mature voters. Discussions were conducted in the preferred language of the participants.

From November the results of standardised interviews with approximately 5,000 South Africans around the country will be announced. These interviews are being carried out under the close supervision of regional supervisors. Topics include preferred ANC leaders, provincial party politics, race relations, economic transformation and more.

Catch The Race every Monday at 3.30pm on eNCA on Channel 403 on DStv. Visit to view this and past episodes

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