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JOHANNESBURG – The latest eNCA poll* shows that supporters of the African National Congress (ANC) in Nelson Mandela Bay think Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is a better leader than President Jacob Zuma.

ANC supporters scored Ramaphosa higher than Zuma out of 10.

In the results for all eligible voters, Zuma scored 5.8 out of 10 compared to Ramaphosa who scored 6.3.

A similar trend appears in Tshwane and Johannesburg where Zuma is rated lower than Ramaphosa.

In Nelson Mandela Bay, 51 percent of all respondents said they were totally against President Zuma compared to 20 percent who said they were totally against Ramaphosa.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela were rated the highest with both scoring 7.6 out of 10 in Nelson Mandela Bay.

In Nelson Mandela Bay the DA is ahead of the ANC by 10 percentage points. Support for the ANC dropped by two points.

Support for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) increased by three percentage points and polled at nine percent.

The number of respondents who said they were undecided decreased by three points.

Positive sentiment for the ANC and the DA increased in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Eligible voters are feeling less negative towards the EFF this week, as their negative sentiment came in at 41 percent, a decrease from last week’s poll of 47 percent.

*Important points to consider about this poll:

The poll is conducted by the leading political pollsters, Ipsos, and is based on 1509 cellphone respondents across the three cities. Polling was done on Monday and Tuesday, so it is not clear what impact this week’s violence in Tshwane had on  the count – though this will be explicitly addressed in next week’s poll.

The poll will be conducted weekly until 3 August, the day of voting in the upcoming 2016 municipal elections.

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