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Survey reveals five things South Africans are most stressed about

The latest survey about what worries the world reveals that South Africans are most concerned about corruption.

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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

Financial/political corruption69%
Crime and violence59%
Unemployment and jobs57%
Poverty and social inequality31%

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.