Survey: Julius Malema less popular than Zuma when he resigned

Survey: Julius Malema less popular than Zuma when he resigned

- A new survey suggests that Julius Malema's popularity has decreased in recent months

- He currently has 25% favourability, which makes for a 5% dip

- Several ANC leaders have also decreased in popularity since 2018

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According to a new survey, Julius Malema is less popular than Jacob Zuma was at the end of his presidency.

The study, conducted by Citizen Survey, also found the popularity of various ANC leaders to be dipping too.

This is part of a broader shift in public opinion toward politicians since the general election earlier this year.

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The survey found that Malema's favourability stood at 30% in 2018 but has since dipped to 25%, has gathered. 

The survey also collected data on a number of other politicians. DA leader Mmusi Maimane's favourability has remained constant, moving from 29% in 2018 to 28% now, according to the Sunday Times.

Ramaphosa's popularity hit a high of 64% in the middle of last year (during the peak of 'Ramaphoria'), then dropped severely to 55% by the end of 2018. It has since recovered to 62%.

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Among the ANC leadership, the figure with the lowest public approval rating was secretary-general Ace Magashule. His popularity stood at 16% in June and has slumped to 11%, IOL has reported.

Reza Omar, one of the directors of the survey, said that the decrease in the public's approval of many senior ANC figures may be a sign that citizens are getting tired of the factionalism and infighting that has plagued the party.

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