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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. Picture: Screengrab.

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.

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.

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.

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