- The Institute of Race Relations has released the results of a survey which polled likely voters on various issues and includes land expropriation without compensation
- The survey found that only 30% of likely voters were in favour of expropriating land without compensation while 41% of respondents were opposed to the proposed policy
- The IRR said the results of the survey makes it obvious that the majority of black voters don’t care about land reform and would rather focus on increasing education and employment in the country
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has released the second batch of results from its extensive survey of likely voters. The headline result from the survey is that only 30% of voters support land expropriation without compensation while 41% of voters opposed the proposed policy.
The IRR said the results of the survey made it clear that the majority of black voters did not care about land reform and would rather focus their attention on policies which deal with increasing education standards and creating employment in the country.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have been major proponents of the land expropriation policy and the party’s firebrand leader Julius Malema has repeatedly stated his belief that most black South Africans are in favour of expropriating land without compensation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the survey results seem to fly directly in the face Malema’s claim and the EFF’s proposal that all land in the country is expropriated and placed under the direct control of the government.
Businesslive.co.za reported that the key findings of the survey which was published by the IRR as part of the Criterion Report are as follow:
• 27% of all voters have not heard of land expropriation without compensation;
• 41% of all voters who have heard of land expropriation without compensation, oppose the policy;
• 30% of all voters who have heard of land expropriation without compensation, support the policy;
• 51% of all voters believe an alternative to land expropriation without compensation should be pursued, while 17% believe no land reform is necessary;
• 68% of all voters believe “Individuals should have the right to own land in their private capacity”.
• 31% of all voters believe “all land in SA should be owned by the government”
Support for land expropriation collapses to only 10% when asked whether the state should be permitted to expropriate land for its own use.
Citizen.co.za reported that a well-respected senior economic research analyst, Carl Simkins, has praised the integrity of the survey and said it seemed like the results were determined by well-defined methods.
Simkins said he was not surprised by the results of the survey and added that he believed the ANC was correct in its decision to pursue the policy. He said there was a much higher demand for land in urban and metro areas than in rural areas.
Political commentator Trevor Kamoto questioned some of the findings of the survey, he said it was difficult to believe that 20% of voters had never heard of the term land expropriation without compensation given the amount of attention the subject has attracted in recent times.
Kamoto said South Africans from all parts of the country had been exposed to the land debate and had been able to formulate their own opinions on the matter based on the wealth of information which is available on the subject.
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