New survey shows Ramaphosa more popular than Maimane and Malema

New survey shows Ramaphosa more popular than Maimane and Malema

- A new survey indicates that Cyril Ramaphosa is the most popular presidential candidate

- He had almost double the average popularity of Mmusi Maimane or Julius Malema

- The poll also revealed Helen Zille to be the nation's most popular premier

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A new survey by political researchers, Ipsos, indicates that Cyril Ramaphosa is this year's most popular presidential candidate.

Ramaphosa received an average score of 6.5 out of 10 from those surveyed.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane, in contrast, received 3.5 out of 10, while the EFF's Julius Malema came in just behind him with 3.4.

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These results were based on 3 600 face-to-face interviews with members of the public, conducted by Ipsos. Ramaphosa was by far the most popular candidate, beating not only the other party leaders but also all other figures within the ANC.

For example, David Mabuza received a score of 3.9 while Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received 4.2, according to The South African.

The Ipsos survey also asked South Africans to rate their premiers. Here, Helen Zille was the clear favourite. 63% of those interviewed said they thought she did her job at least "fairly well". The second most popular premier, the Northern Cape's Sylvia Lucas, received only 50%, has gathered.

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Additionally, 54% of those interviewed said they believed national government was doing a decent job. It remains to be seen how these trends will play out on election day. 

While Ramaphosa is personally popular, for example, his party as a whole has seen waning in support in several polls.

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