Johannesburg - More than a third of South Africans registered to vote in May national elections feel that no political party really expresses their views, although about 61 percent will back the ruling ANC, a poll by global market and opinion research firm Ipsos released on Tuesday showed.
This would be slightly down from the 62.15 percent the African National Congress, in power since the end of white minority rule in 1994, garnered at the last general elections five years ago.
The Ipsos poll, based on fieldwork conducted from February 1 to March 4, gives the main opposition Democratic Alliance just 16 percent of votes, down significantly from just above 22 percent in 2014, while new kids on the block the Economic Freedom Fighters are up to nine percent from 6.35 percent.
"This analysis shows that the DA has improved their standing with the electorate since November last year," Ipsos said.
"The party has largely succeeded in countering the negative opinions that plagued it last year – mostly around the exit of Patricia de Lille from the party. However, DA support is still some percentage points behind their performance in the 2014 national election."