More South Africans would choose President Frederik de Klerk to lead the country rather than black leader Nelson Mandela, a poll showed Friday.

The reformist de Klerk and Mandela, deputy president of the African National Congress, were the only two leaders with significant support, said the poll from the Human Sciences Research Council, a social research unit.The telephone poll, conducted among 2,000 people from Feb. 4-7 with a margin of error of less than 1 percent, also found most South Africans regarded the future of the country as challenging rather than frightening.