Political unrest is at its highest point since democracy was introduced to our shores. The ANC have failed to deliver, and now the people who voted for them feel let down and angry.
Obviously, protests have torn through our cities and towns like tornadoes, leaving havoc, damaged property, and evidence of a failing state in their wake.
To make matters worse, the SABC have recently refused to air these protests in the hopes of deterring people from violent action. Well, boy, weren’t they wrong.
Not only were the Tshwane protests some of the most violent any major city in SA has seen, but the lack of coverage by the SABC really hit home -and there’s some proof.
A new election poll of data, collected by eNCA and Ipsos, shows that the riots in Tshwane have had a significant impact on the people’s prospective voting.
While the ANC has always been on top, it seems their arch enemy, the DA, is slowly passing them in popularity. According to Business Tech:
The polls surveyed a demographically representative group of people made up of adults across all racial groups (majority black – 74%) between the ages of 18 and over 50, from low to middle income households.
In the first week poll, the results showed that the DA would win two of the three most hotly-contested metros – Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane, with Johannesburg still under the control of the ANC.
In the week 3 poll – which took place amid riots in Tshwane, where ANC members were expressing their unhappiness with the ANC’s election candidate list, the poll results shows a drop in undecided voters, and a large upswing in DA votes across all three metros.
Now in week four, the polls show a DA victory in all three cities, with the widest gap between the DA and the ANC seen in Tshwane.
While the idea may seem unbelievable at the moment, it is an interesting look at how mindsets are shifting.
Here’s the Tshwane polls results:
Not only does the DA’s popularity rise, but the ANC’s drops significantly. Below you can find the results for Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.
Nelson Mandela Bay
Interesting times ahead for our country.
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