IRR: EFF voter support declines in Gauteng

IRR: EFF voter support declines in Gauteng

A new election poll claims support for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng has declined by 5.2%.

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IRR Head of Politics and Governance, Gareth van Onselen, to brief the media on their Part A Poll. Photo by Neo Motloung

This according to the fourth poll conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR).


Head of Politics and Governance, Gareth van Onselen, said the poll is Part A and the full survey will be released on May 6, three days before the national and provincial elections. 


Van Onselen was speaking at a media briefing in Melville in Johannesburg on Tuesday. 


He said the EFF currently stands on 13% on the provincial ballot, down 5.2 percentage points from February's 18.2%.


“On a 70.4% turnout scenario, support for the party decreases to 12%,” he said.


Even on a lower voter turnout of 67.7% at the May 8 elections, support for the party decreases to 12%.


EFF leader Julius Malema has already said his party could enter into coalition talks with the African National Congress (ANC) after the elections.

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Malema was speaking at the party’s showrooms in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, last week.


However, the ANC’s David Makhura said his party in the province would rather take opposition benches than go into coalition government with Malema’s party.


Makhura was also speaking at the ANC’s showrooms at Nasrec during former President Kgalema Motlanthe’s visit.


According to the IRR poll, the ANC stands at 42.8% on the Gauteng provincial ballot, up by 1.2 percent points from February's 41.6%.


However, Van Onselen added that on a 70.4% turnout scenario, the party support could decrease to 39%. 


“On a 67.7%  turnout scenario, it also decreases to 39%.” 


The Democratic Alliance (DA) stands a fair chance of beating the ANC in the province, depending on a lower voter turnout of 67.7%.


The DA stands at 31.9% on the provincial ballot, down 0.5 percentage points from February's 32.4%.


“On a 70.4% turnout scenario, support for the party increases to 39%. On a 67.7% turnout scenario, it increases to 40%,” said Van Onselen.


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