- A poll by the Institute of Race Relations reveals that the EFF could double the number of votes it receives in the 2019 election when compared to 2014
- The poll reveals that the EFF’s increase in support will come at the expense of the ANC
- The EFF is projected to receive 13% of the national vote, the ANC will drop from 62% to 52% and the DA is expected to remain at 23%
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has conducted a poll which reveals that the Economic Freedom Fighters led by the firebrand Julius Malema is on course to double the amounts of votes it receives in the 2019 general election when compared to the 2014 election.
The poll indicates that most of this new support for the EFF will come at the expense of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) which is projected to have another poor year at the polls which is expected to see the party slip from its current 62% voter share to a slim majority of 52%.
The poll shows that the DA is expected to remain at its current level with around 23% of the vote. The good news for the official opposition is that the poll indicates that the party has become more favourable among black voters.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the IRR’s head of politics and governance, Gareth van Onselen said the poll and the report shows that the current land reform debate in the country is dominating the political narrative leading into the election.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that Van Onselen feels the EFF are the only party who are seizing the narrative of land reform and are viewed by potential voters as the only real driving force behind land reforms in the country.
Other factors such as the economy, crime, high unemployment, healthcare and education remain important to South African voters and the EFF have seized on a lack of vision by the ANC to deal with the struggling economy and corruption to draw in more support.
Citizen.co.za reported that the IRR conducted the telephonic poll on a demographically representative group of registered South African voters. The poll sample was 978 people with an error margin of 3.1%.
The IRR notes that the increased support for the EFF is highly dependent on high voter turnout.
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