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Quarter of NC voters undecided

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In the Northern Cape, 45% indicated their support for the ANC, 15% put their support behind the DA and 3% behind the EFF

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THE NORTHERN Cape has the highest percentage of undecided voters in the entire country ahead of the 2019 general elections, with nearly a quarter of voters yet to make up their minds about which political party will be getting their vote.

This is according to a recent poll by market research and consulting firm Ipsos.

While the DA has indicated that it would be doing everything in its power to become the majority party in the Northern Cape during the 2019 general elections, a poll has indicated that while the ANC do currently receive the majority of votes in the Province, 24% of voters have not yet made up their minds about who will be getting their vote.

In its latest Pulse of the People study, Ipsos said that out of 3 000 randomly selected South Africans, 60% supported the ANC. The DA came second (13%) and the EFF (7%) third.

In the Northern Cape, 45% indicated their support for the ANC, 15% put their support behind the DA and 3% behind the EFF.

The Province showed the highest percentage of residents who “don’t know” who they will be voting for (24 percent).

The province with the second highest percentage of uncertain voters is the Free State, with 6%.

Eight percent of Northern Cape residents indicated that they will “not vote”.

Mari Harris, Ipsos director of public affairs, said it appeared that South Africans were moving past the era of the ANC that was led by Zuma.

“The Ipsos report around this time last year showed the ANC support base nationally at 45%. The Ramaphosa factor is big because suddenly there is a leader that people trust and can look up to. If you look at our results after Cyril’s 100 days, there is a lot of trust expressed in the new president, and people are willing to give him a chance,” Harris said.

Antonia Squara, research manager at Ipsos, said that when they conducted the same survey last year, the country was a bit concerned about the leadership and the future.

“We saw the results were quite negative all round regarding all aspects of living in South Africa, but things have changed, as people are now generally happy. Ramaphoria has impacted on South Africans and we are a lot more positive.”

ANC provincial spokesperson Yonela Diko said the survey results were in line with their own research and other research done by other academics.

Diko credited the combination of Ramaphoria and the perception of the DA because of its internal squabbles around the handling of the removal of Patricia De Lille and other mayors.

DA spokesperson Solly Malatsi said: “Everything we are doing is to make sure that we retain the Western Cape and we become the majority party in Gauteng and the Northern Cape.”

The findings from the Ipsos six-monthly “Pulse of the People” study, with fieldwork undertaken from April 20 to June 7 2018 at a randomly selected representative sample of 3 738 adult South Africans interviewed in their homes and chosen languages, found that six in every 10 South African adults of voting age (18+) chose the ANC.

Opposition parties did not perform as well, with the DA, especially, performing well below the share of votes it received in the national election of 2014 and the local government election of 2016.