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60% give Zuma the thumbs up - survey

According to a survey, 60% of South Africans think President Jacob Zuma is doing a good job.

South African President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Around 60 percent of South Africans believe President Jacob Zuma is doing a good job, a survey revealed on Friday.

Market research company Ipsos surveyed 3,500 people between April and May 2012.

The company's Mari Harris said Zuma's popularity rating was down from 66 percent in May 2011.

"For the first time since 1994, national government got a higher approval rating than either the president or deputy president."

Harris said the survey was conducted before 'The Spear' scandal.

She admitted that results might have looked different if the survey was conducted after the controversy.