- While some polls have been positive for the DA, others suggest that the party may be losing support
- This comes as Mmusi Maimane's approval rating has dipped and several constituencies have expressed declining confidence in the party
- However, some experts still predict that the party will win several key areas in this election
Despite the DA remaining confident that they will make gains in this year's election, some polls show that party support is declining.
A recent survey suggests that DA support among black South Africans has fallen from 10 to 6 percent, and among minorities from 71 to 61 percent since late 2018.
Some of the explanations suggesedt for this decline may be unmotivated voters and waning approval ratings for leader Mmusi Maimane.
During the last several years of the Zuma presidency, Maimane was the most popular politician in South Africa, with an approval rating that hovered over 35%.
However, this may be more of a reflection of the public's dislike of Jacob Zuma, because Maimane's approval ratings have dipped slightly since Cyril Ramaphosa took office, according to eNCA.
Other factors that may contribute to the DA losing support include lower voter turnout and demotivated voters.
For example, DA supporters were found to have the lowest morale and to express the most pessimism about the future, Briefly.co.za has gathered. This may influence whether or not they show up to the polls on 8 May.
Despite this, some surveys indicate that the DA could still win several major areas, including forming a coalition in Gauteng.
While predictions and polls are useful and can give an indication of how voters are feeling, the outcome is always up in the air until election day.
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