- The year has only just begun, but the future is already making Mzansi stress
- A recent study found that citizens are concerned over the country's future
- But not everyone is moving into 2020 with a dark cloud overhead, with some still optimistic over SA's chances
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South Africans, for the most part, are worried about the future of our beloved, but embattled nation.
A recent Iposas Pulse of the People study spoke to over 3 500 randomly selected citizens at the end of last year and the results shed some light on people's perceptions.
When asked if they either agree or disagree with the statement 'In general, I feel optimistic about 2020', just over half of those interviewed expressed concern.
The youth, citizens between the ages of 15 to 17, felt the most upbeat over the year that lay ahead with 61% agreeing with the statement, Briefly.co.za gathered.
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In a statement issued during the release of the findings, Iposas commented that:
"Against the background of South Africa's increasing unemployment figures, one would assume that those who have a job should look at the future with more optimism than those who are not employed. However, this is not the case and those who work and those who do not work have largely similar feelings about 2020."
Political affiliation seemed to play a role in the level of happiness felt by South Africans. ANC supporters were the most optimistic ( 55%), followed by the EFF ( 51%), IFP (50%) and DA (45%).
A staggering four out of five citizens (81%) felt that last year had been bad for them, a higher amount than the global average of 65%, News24 reports.
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