And only 17 percent of adults from seven metropoles said they were behind the ANCYL president.
This is down from the 21 percent measured in the middle of last year and the 27 percent at the end of 2009.
The report also indicates that Malema’s popularity among black people is down from 30 percent last year to 26 percent. There has also been a 3 percent decline in support for him among white people interviewed.
Coloured people accounted for 4 percent of Malema’s support base.
“Support for Julius Malema shows a consistent decline over the past 18 months, though less so in the last year among those under 24. The unemployed show higher signs of support, as do younger blacks – but they are still a minority,” the report said.
Of those aged 18 to 24, one in four said they supported Malema, while 22 percent of those between 25 and 34 – the same age group as Malema – were behind him.
Malema’s support declines with older age groups, with only 5 percent of people older than 60 backing him.
The report is a result of three studies conducted on about 2 000 adults in seven major metropoles. One study was done between August 25 and September 12 – at the start of Malema’s latest disciplinary hearing by the ANC.
Malema had greater support in Bloemfontein (43 percent) while support in East London, Durban and Cape Town was low.
Malema and his ANCYL colleagues, including spokesman Floyd Shivambu, are facing a disciplinary hearing after they reportedly called for regime change in Botswana.
Malema is also being charged with sowing division in the ANC and bringing the party into disrepute. He is also being probed by Sars and the Hawks over alleged tender fraud. – Pretoria News