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09 June 2009

We voted with hearts, not wallets

Kim Trollip

Despite economic woes, government retains support

PEOPLE might be dissatisfied with the economy, but that did not affect how they voted in the general election.

The Human Sciences Research Council’s South African Social Attitude Survey showed that the global economic crisis between late 2007 and 2008 did not influence their vote this year.

Ben Roberts, a research specialist at the HSRC, said: “International evidence suggests that national economic perceptions exert a significant influence on voting decisions in democracies.

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