A recent survey by research group Afrobarometer has revealed that the African National Congress (ANC) remains a party of choice for most South Africans.
This is despite evidence of growing support amongst some opposition parties.
The survey conducted amongst 2 400 people shows that majority of the population trust the ANC and that the ruling party would have retained it support if elections were to have been held 2016.
The study was released at the University of Johannesburg on Tuesday night.
Researcher Sibusiso Nkomo says opposition parties could however make inroads among large proportions of citizens who do not feel close to any political party.
The study comes just three months before the elections with political parties engaged in a fierce contestation for votes
“We found that most people intend voting for the ANC if the elections were held last year, but we also see an increase in people saying they will vote for opposition parties.”
“The ANC will probably have fewer votes just to push them below 50% but then this means they will have to go into a coalition in the municipalities, so the bigger question becomes whether they will go in bed with the Economic Freedom Fighters or the Democratic Alliance.”
The study comes just three months before the elections with political parties engaged in a fierce contestation for votes.
The survey suggests that opposition parties will face significant challenges in diminishing the ANC’s electoral dominance in the upcoming local government elections, particularly because very few South Africans cite policy issues as the main difference between parties.
Opposition parties could however make inroads among large proportions of citizens who do not feel close to any political party.
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