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Study: Zuma losing popularity among South Africans

The study shows less than half of adult South Africans believe Zuma is doing his job very or fairly well.

President Jacob Zuma during a question and answer session in the National Assembly on Wednesday 11 March 2015: Picture: Screengrab/YouTube
President Jacob Zuma,Zuma,Nhlanhla Nene removed as the finance minister
Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – Research company Ipsos says President Jacob Zuma is South Africa’s least favourite person amongst the country’s government leaders. 

Amid mounting backlash from the public over the recent deployment of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, a recent study shows less than half of adult South Africans believe that President Zuma is doing his job very or fairly well.

Ipsos graph on Zuma's support decline.

The graph below shows that Zuma has the lowest level of trust amongst a basket of 11 selected and measured government-related departments, agencies, parastatals, and personalities.

Ipsos graph on Zuma's support decline.

Another interesting finding is that Zuma’s favourability rating has declined over the last year among supporters of the three largest political parties, including the ANC.

Ipsos graph on Zuma's support decline.

While the president’s popularity is on the decline, Nene’s is on the incline.

Ipsos graph on Zuma's support decline.

Over 3,000 adults were included in the study, all from metropolitan and rural areas.

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