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By unknown | Dec 22, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

More and more South Africans are undecided about which political party to support.

More and more South Africans are undecided about which political party to support.

After the ruling ANC, the "undecided" is now the country's second biggest political grouping.

None of the opposition parties was able to capitalise on the drop in the ANC's popularity among voters since the March local elections this year, according to a biannual survey on socio-political trends conducted by Markinor.

The survey released yesterday is a measurement of the political atmosphere in the country conducted twice each year. A total of 3500 people who are eligible to vote were interviewed between October and November 2006.

The participants were given a ballot paper with names of political parties and asked to vote for their party as done during national elections.

The survey showed that the popularity of the ANC had dropped by 1,7percent from 68percent - the result they received in May - to 66,3percent, the same percentage that they received in last year's survey.

Instead of opposition parties capitalising on the ANC's waning popularity, the survey showed that the group of people undecided about which party to vote for was on the increase.

This group is now the second largest after ANC supporters, and consists of those who did not choose a party in the mock elections.

This group grew from 14,1percent a year ago to 16,1percent this year making them bigger than any of the opposition parties, according to the survey.

Support for the IFP remained level at 3percent, while the popularity of the DA was on a downward spiral as they dropped from 10percent in 2005 to 8 percent in 2006.

Although support for the Independent Democrats has almost halved, its leader, Patricia De Lille, was rated the most popular opposition party leader.

Only leaders of the five most popular parties were considered for the survey of the most popular leaders including deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. - Sowetan and Sapa

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