When South Africans say that the deluge of corruption the
country faces is stressing us out, we’re not kidding. A new survey published by
Ipsos has revealed the things that are stressing us out the most.
The survey titled: ‘What Worries the World’ study and
questions 28 countries over their biggest concerns was done between February
and March 2019. Over 20 000 interviews were done with adults between 18-64.
One important thing to note is that the surveys are
conducted online and due to South Africa being at the more expensive end of the
scale when it comes to data access, the views won’t paint the full picture.
Rather, it’ll likely replicate the views you see on your social media feed.
South Africans, like the rest of the world, are most worried about financial and political corruption. Crime, unemployment, poverty and education is also on the list of concerns.
The survey also found that the majority of people across the participating nations feel that their country is on the wrong track (58% on average), with South Africa (77%), France (77%), Spain (76%), Turkey (74%) and Belgium (74%) recording the greatest levels of apprehension. There are, however, wide-ranging disparities in scores across the globe.
South Africans top five worries in March 2019
|Crime and violence||59%|
|Unemployment and jobs||57%|
|Poverty and social inequality||31%|
The survey is conducted every month and compared to January
2019, South Africans are more stressed about the corruption than they were back
then. January’s poll found just 61% were stressed about financial or political
corruption. Concerns over crime and violence has declined marginally
The recent scandals involving Ace Magashule might very well see that number rise even further during April’s survey.
South Africa is due to hold its 2019 General Elections on 8 May and the “down with corruption” phrase has been a slogan for many parties.
These elections have been touted as the most critical since South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, it’s the voter preferences – particularly on a provincial scale – which reveal a massive political shift; one which has the propensity to alter the course of the country.