Public Attitudes in Contemporary SA is a compilation that provides penetrative and textured accounts of the multi-faceted nature of South African society. This publication is both a public snapshot and a more in-depth analysis of trends and public opinions. It makes a significant contribution to the critical debate around the challenges to, and prospects for, consolidating democracy in South Africa. Public Attitudes in Contemporary SA informs the debate on how to enhance the impetus towards sustained economic growth, and the fundamentals that underpin this.
Public opinion and attitude is often the yardstick against which interventions are made. This collection synthesises and analyses the results and findings of some key policy areas investigated and will provide all stakeholders in South Africa with a set of factual information and derivative analytic insights. Such a representation informs choices and decisions to be made, policy dimensions to be investigated further and research to be commissioned in areas where voids are conspicuous.
Furthermore the compilation has important tangential implications and policy overtones for the southern African region and the rest of the African sub-continent. It is envisaged that comparative insight and perspective will begin to grow in importance as efforts to implement the New Partnership for Africas Development (Nepad) get off the ground, and it is recognised that a pivotal basis for doing this will be through comprehensive and rigorous national public audits on attitudes and trends on key issues.
Introduction: Public opinion and the prospects for democratic consolidation in South Africa 19992001
1 Politics, governance and civic knowledge
2 Political party preferences
3 Provincial living preferences in South Africa
4 Identity and voting trends in South Africa
5 Race relations
6 Addressing HIV/AIDS
7 Spirituality in South Africa: Christian beliefs
8 Perceptions about economic issues
9 National priorities
10 Environmental concerns
11 Civil society participation
12 Information and communications technologies
13 Families and social networks
14 Human rights