THE DA could take control of Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane after this year’s municipal election, according to a recent poll.
This is according to a poll conducted by Ipsos SA on June 6 and 7, on behalf of broadcaster eNCA on three key metros — Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.
The August 3 election is expected to be tightly fought, especially in the country’s metros, with opposition parties — including the EFF, which is participating in municipal elections for the first time — working to wrest control from the ANC.
In terms of the Ipsos poll, more respondents said they would vote for the DA (33%) before the ANC (28%) in Tshwane.
Thirty-four percent in Nelson Mandela Bay said they would vote for the DA and 30% for the ANC.
About 21% of respondents did not know who they would vote for, or did not want to say, according to the poll.
In Tshwane, 17% were undecided or would not say who they would vote for.
In Johannesburg, the ANC was still the number one choice with 31% of those surveyed saying they would vote for the governing party. However, the DA was a close second, with 29% of respondents saying they would vote for the official opposition.
The EFF had 7% of the vote in Nelson Mandela Bay, and 10% in Tshwane and Johannesburg.
According to eNCA, Ipsos researchers cited a percentage point margin of error in the results.