South Africa's Elections: Polling Trends and Voter Perceptions
Speaker: James Morris, Director, European Office, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR)
Discussant: Alexander Beresford, Lecturer in the Politics of African Development, University of Leeds; Election Observer
Chair: Knox Chitiyo, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
In May 2014, South Africans voted in their fifth democratic elections while the country marked the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid. As widely predicted, the African National Congress (ANC) has remained the dominant party, but some shifts in support resulted in a six point increase for the opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA).
Ahead of this year’s election, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR) conducted polling for the DA, having polled for the ANC in 1994 and 1999. At this event, the speaker will discuss findings from GQRR’s polling data from the 2014 elections, while the discussant will share his experiences as an election observer and assess the ANC's ability to maintain support in South Africa's next general elections.