Survey: Jordaan preferred candidate for NMB mayor despite ANC support drop


A survey conducted by research agency Ipsos has found that support for both the African National Congress (ANC) and Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay, would decrease significantly heading towards the local government elections later this year.

According to an article by CityPress, 43.4% of the 974 people surveyed indicated they would vote for the ruling party, with 31.8% voicing their support for the DA and 2.1% for the United Democratic Movement (UDM). These indicate a drop of 8.5% for the ANC and 8.4% for the DA respectively.

It also revealed that 47% of residents would back current Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan with 13% voting in favour of DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, 1.7% for former mayor Benson Fihla and one percent for the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani. A total of 35.8% however were undecided as to their choice of mayor.

“What the survey shows us is that definitely there is a decline in the proportion of the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay who say they will vote for the ANC,” political analyst, Moeletsi Mbeki, told the paper.

“The trend is that there are some big metros where the vote for the ANC is declining. From the survey the people in the Nelson Mandela Bay think Jordaan would make a very good mayor. But of course there is an individual and a party. People vote for the party, not the individual mayor.”