Nowhere is the case for a meritocracy more evident than in South Africa. No matter how corrupt, lying, thieving the ANC is, the fact that people are still willing to give them their vote despite ample evidence that the party is not acting in their best interests defies belief. This is the downside to democracy. People that lack the wherewithal to understand the consequences of their decisions should not be allowed to vote. Democracy is meaningless if it means government by the stupid.
ANC near to two-thirds majority - Markinor
The popular support of the African National Congress currently stands at just below a two-thirds majority. The Congress of the People meanwhile enjoys the support of just under ten percent of the electorate. This is according to an opinion poll conducted by Markinor at the beginning of March this year. The results were reported in Beeld newspaper on Friday.
The poll, conducted on behalf of Media24, surveyed 3,531 registered voters who were planning to vote. According to Markinor the ANC enjoyed the stated support of 64,7% of respondents, the DA 10,8%, COPE 8,9%, the IFP 2,7%, the ID 1,1%, UDM 0.7%, ACDP 0.6%, and UCDP 0,3%. 10% of those polled remained undecided.
Compared to an equivalent poll conducted shortly before the 2004 election (see table below) the ANC's support is down four points, the IFP is down 2 points, and the DA is up one-and-a-half points. In the past two election cycles Markinor has accurately predicted the size of the ANC majority. It has though tended to underestimated the support for the IFP and DA.
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Meritocracy is a system of a government or other organization wherein appointments are made and responsibilities are given based on demonstrated talent and ability (merit), rather than by wealth (plutocracy), family connections (nepotism), class privilege (oligarchy), friends (cronyism), seniority (gerontocracy), popularity (as in democracy) or other historical determinants of social position and political power. In a meritocracy, society rewards (by wealth, position, and social status) those who show talent and competence as demonstrated by past actions or by competition.