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Citizens vote for the political party they think is best able to govern in their interests. But how do South African voters arrive at these conclusions? And what type of information do they use? This paper reviews available survey data from the past decade about South Africans' levels of political information, evaluations of government performance, and partisan attitudes. It argues that while voters have been generally satisfied with the performance of the ANC government, there has been a sufficiently large minority of dissatisfied voters to have accounted for more electoral fluidity than we have thus far seen. It ends by providing evidence that shows that while these voters may be dissatisfied with the ANC, they have little information about alternative opposition parties, and what they do know is very negative. Thus, dissatisfied voters must either vote for the ANC as the lesser evil, or simply stay at home.
|Title of host publication||Electoral Politics in South Africa|
|Subtitle of host publication||Assessing the First Democratic Decade|
|Editors||Jessica Piombo, Lia Nijzink|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
- South Africa
- electoral politics
- voter information
Mattes, R. (2005). Voter Information, Government Evaluations and Party Images, 1994-2004. In J. Piombo, & L. Nijzink (Eds.), Electoral Politics in South Africa: Assessing the First Democratic Decade (pp. 40-63).