Poll: Uhuru not popular as he was in 2014

By Beth Nyaga

Majority of Kenyans have no faith in the electoral body IEBC with only 17 months remaining to the next general elections.

According to the latest opinion poll released by Infotrak Harris, majority of Kenyans have also lost trust in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Parliament and the Police.

The opinion poll shows that 50% of Kenyans do not trust IEBC, 69% do not trust EACC, while 60% do not trust the Judiciary.

The poll further shows that if elections were to be held today, President Uhuru Kenyatta would get 45% of the votes cast followed by CORD leader Raila Odinga at 28%.

According to the opinion poll, Deputy President William Ruto’s popularity in Rift Valley has dropped in a move that the firm’s Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho attributes to his failure to declare interest in the Presidency.

About 20 per cents of Kenyans are either “undecided on who their popular leader is or claim they have no interest in voting.

Youth under 30 years feel frustrated by Kenyatta’s style of leadership and are warming up to the Opposition chief.

Among the youth, the gap between the two leaders is narrowed, with Kenyatta and Odinga enjoying 40 and 31 per cent respectively.

This latest research indicates that “Uhuru while not as popular as he was in 2014”, has gained ground as his government tries to fight runaway corruption allegations.

On the other hand, Opposition leader’s popularity improved from 19 per cent in 2014 to 29 per cent in last year, but has “remained the same in March”. Within the rival coalitions, Uhuru and Odinga are still the preferred candidates for presidency.

“If elections were held today, 89 per cent of Jubilee supporters would elect Uhuru while 77 per cent of CORD supporters would elect Raila,” shows the survey. Only about 7 per cent of CORD supporters would consider voting for Kalonzo while 2 per cent would vote for Moses Wetangula.


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