- An Ipsos poll has confirmed that the DA’s national support has dropped below the 20% mark
- The drop in support for the DA is attributed to the rise of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the messy Patricia de Lille affair and a general lack of policy clarity
- Voters are unsure of exactly what the DA’s policy’s mean
A new poll conducted by Ipsos has confirmed that the Democratic Alliance's (DA) national support base is collapsing. The poll shows that support for the party has dipped below the 20% mark.
The drop from 22.23% has been attributed to the rise of President Cyril Ramaphosa within the ANC, the messy and very public affair with former City of Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and crucially policy uncertainty.
With the 2019 general elections about a year away the DA’s major political rivals the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have a clear message of what they aim to achieve.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the EFF will be pushing various social issues but is likely to focus on land expropriation without compensation. The ANC will run on a promise of renewal and cleaning up the mess it created.
Meanwhile, voters are unsure of exactly what the DA is running on, what their goals are or even what their policy’s mean.
The DA has been a victim of its own success, for years the party campaigned for change and to have former president Jacob Zuma removed. Now without Zuma in power, the DA looks like it has lost its way.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that Maria Harris, director of public affairs at polling company Ipsos South Africa said: “The DA’s support is down to 20%. Of course, there is roughly a year left before the election and many things can still happen. But what we are picking up is that voters are adopting a wait-and-see attitude towards the DA. The loss in support, therefore, doesn’t necessarily mean that those voters will move elsewhere.”
Harris added: “For the DA their immediate problem seems to be that voters don’t exactly know what their policies entail. They will seriously have to think about clarity on policy when they launch their election campaign. We’re also hearing that people are uncertain about the party’s leadership and are waiting to see how things unfold.”
The full Ipsos poll is only scheduled to be released in July, but it is clear that the DA has some serious work to do before the next election.
Worryingly for the DA, the poll shows the ANC’s guaranteed support has risen from 47% under Zuma to 52% under Ramaphosa.
For all its bluster and public peacocking, the EFF seems to be stuck at the 6% support mark.
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