Data collated from interviews conducted in February compared former Democratic Alliance(DA) leader Helen Zille to leader Mmusi Maimane and found her to be more popular than the incumbent.

The findings into the effect Zille still has on DA voters, indicates that 58% of DA supporters would be more likely to vote for the DA if Zille were to be deployed in the DA’s campaigning efforts.

It also shows that a total of 52% DA supporters preferred Zille over him, while a much lower 30% preferred Maimane.

Speaking on SAfm’s Sunrise, Director at Research and Strategy at Citizen Surveys, Reza Omar, says Zille’s popularity is not race based but rather that she is popular among all DA supporters.

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