Polls have revealed that the ANC has garnered an influx of support for the party. This could, ultimately, lead to the ruling party reversing its declining support in Gauteng.
A recent internal poll from the African National Congress shows that the party is enjoying an influx of support. According to Business Times, this is particularly thanks to President Cyril Ramaphosa's popularity.
The ANC lost key metros in Gauteng to the Democratic Alliance, including the City of Johannesburg and the City of Tshwane, in 2016.
While the ruling party never lost their hold on the province on a national level, Briefly.co.za reported that the DA has been pushing to win Gauteng come May.
This latest poll points to the ANC having a 54%-55% support base in the province, including new support from white voters who contributed 8% of the total figure. 23% of white voters polled that they were considering voting for the party.
The poll also revealed that the ANC was the most popular among older South Africans (over the age of 60) and that 29% of those with qualifications over and above matric would be voting for the ruling party.
The Institute of Race Relations released a poll last week, which has support for the ruling party at 54.7% nationally.
The institute revealed that the Economic Freedom Fighters are currently the biggest threat to the ANC:
“The ANC and the EFF are locked in a battle for between 5% and 10% of alienated black ANC voters. Where those voters end up on 8 May will go some way towards determining the fate of these two parties,”
Further to this, the IRR says that the EFF appears to be the only opposition party that has managed to make 'direct and significant inroads' into the ANC's support.
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