More people are likely to vote for the African National Congress (ANC) in these general elections because of its new president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

This is according to the results of a survey managed by the Centre for Social Development in Africa at the University of Johannesburg.

The survey, conducted with the help of 3500 respondents, reveals that the trust in Ramaphosa has increased to 55% compared to the 25% trust people had in the former president Jacob Zuma.

It reveals that people are likely to overlook corruption, their social challenges and distrust of government institutions and vote for the ANC as they see hope for a better future in Ramaphosa’s leadership.

The survey looked at factors influencing voter decisions, with social backgrounds, age, gender and race taken into consideration.

Professor Leila Patel says, “It’s giving us that people who would have previously not voted for the ANC will now do so. It looks like he might have brought back support that was not willing to do so because they trust him.”

Professor Vicky Graham, who formed part of conducting the survey, says the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is also likely to increase its support in this election amongst people who feel their voices have not been heard.

“There is this appeal of the rebellious nation in society and the EFF reflects that. They are the ones that allow you to voice your anger and rage especially those who feel they have been silenced for far too long and I think they are appealing to people. So, I think there might be a situation that the DA and the EFF might be a coalition type of opposition government but I don’t know if it can climb over the DA in terms of support but they might draw equal,” says Graham.

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