President Jacob Zuma. File photo: Phill Magakoe.

Johannesburg - South Africans want President Jacob Zuma to focus on job creation in his State of the Nation address, market research company Ipsos said on Friday.

According to the survey, 90 percent of respondents believed unemployment was serious and needed to be dealt with urgently.

“More than half (55 percent) chose it as the most important issue,” Ipsos said in a statement.

A total of 3730 face-to-face interviews were conducted with randomly selected adult South Africans for the survey.

Sixty-one percent of the people questioned felt the government was not doing well in reducing unemployment by creating jobs.

South African expected moral leadership and accountability from the country's leaders.

Seventy-three percent of interviewees felt MPs should be fired for negligent spending. Only eight percent disagreed.

More than half of respondents believed the ANC would live up to its election promises.