The Race: Gauteng running out of patience with Zuma

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South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa gestures at an election rally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa April 16, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Mike Hutchings

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa gestures at an election rally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa April 16, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Mike Hutchings

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South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa gestures at an election rally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa April 16, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Mike Hutchings

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa gestures at an election rally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa April 16, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Mike Hutchings

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng is the engine of South Africa&39;s economy and it seems many voters are getting revved up.

A new poll points to growing frustration with President Jacob Zuma. It also suggests Cyril Ramaphosa is the favourite for the party&39;s top job.

Gauteng is Ramaphosa territory.

READ: Gauteng ANC picks Ramaphosa as presidential candidate

The latest MarkData poll points to a strong lead for the former businessman.

Researchers interviewed more than 700 ANC voters during September and October.

Nearly 55 percent want Ramaphosa in the top job.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma got the nod from fewer than a third of respondents.

READ: ANC will easily win 2019 elections: Dlamini-Zuma

Meanwhile, Gauteng is not very friendly towards Ramaphosa&39;s boss. The provincial structure took aim at Zuma last year, even calling for his resignation.

This poll suggests voters are also running out of patience.

Researchers also probed the relationship between the president and the Gupta family.

The conference kicks off on Saturday.