- The DA's latest polls show the party standing at 38% support in Gauteng
- Some have described these numbers as "astounding"
- The DA seems confident it will take power in the province, as it is reportedly already preparing officials to take over government positions
The Democratic Alliance's internal polls show considerable gains for the party in Gauteng.
The polls indicate that ANC support is at 44% while the DA's stands at 38%.
This means that the ruling party's support has dipped by 4% and the DA's has increased by the same amount.
The poll is consistent with earlier surveys, which also indicated that a DA-led coalition would win power in the province.
As a result of the polls, the DA is reportedly already preparing take over the provincial government after the election. According to News24, the party has already prepared several officials to be deployed in senior positions, such as heads of department.
According to the DA, their surge in Gauteng has primarily been driven by an increase in support from black voters. They say that the ANC's support has slipped slightly, partly as a result of the recent violent service delivery protests in places like Alexandra.
However, other polls have been far less optimistic for the DA with some suggesting that the party may even shrink in this election. The DA has defended their polling, arguing that it has been accurate in the past, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Nationally, the DA's support stands around 25%, according to the party's polls, which is considerably less than their Gauteng performance but still an increase for the party compared to previous elections.
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