Mandela’s Influence Reflected in South Africans’ Perceptions of Progress

Nelson Mandela’s passing on Thursday marks the end of a life that symbolized the potential for peace and progress in sub-Saharan Africa. …

In 2010, Gallup asked South Africans whether their families were better off than they had been prior to the abolition of apartheid 16 years earlier. More than nine in 10 (91%) said they were. Almost as many (87%) agreed that race relations had improved in the country during that time. …

One of Mandela’s enduring legacies will be his demonstration that a better life is possible for even the world’s most impoverished or politically repressed people, if they can find new ways to work together toward a brighter future. CONT.

Steve Crabtree, Gallup