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The ANC remains the most popular party among voters with 47percent national support, according to the latest Human Sciences Research Council survey.

And the DA seems on course to maintain its official opposition status - with "7percent of the electorate supporting the party".

It also shows that more voters , at 3percent, expressed preference for the newly formed Congress of the People (Cope) over the other old, established parties such as the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Independent Democrats - with 2percent and 1percent respectively.

However, the survey, released yesterday, disputes speculation that Cope would successfully challenge the ANC in the Free State, the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape.

The survey reveals that COPE only features prominently in the Eastern Cape, where it vied for the position of second most popular party with the DA - at 4percent.

The ANC was most popular in Limpopo at 79percent, Mpumalanga: 68percent, North West: 57percent, Eastern Cape: 55percent and the Free State with 52percent of the vote.

Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi said "while not much should be read into surveys - the HSRC poll shows there could be disappointment for those who had hoped Cope would serve as an effective alternative to the ANC".

Matshiqi believes that saying the ANC would get only 47percent of the votes in the forthcoming election was "a gross underestimation."

Fellow political analyst Somadoda Fikeni said the HSRC survey results showed the difference between "wish-craft and reality".