Uhuru Kenyatta still favorite presidential candidate: Study

By Lola Nanjala 

President Uhuru Kenyatta is still the favorite presidential candidate in the country.

This is according to the latest data released by Spectrum Network International which showed that should elections be held today, Uhuru Kenyatta would emerge the winner with 40 percent while CORD leader Raila Odinga will be a strong contender in 2nd place with 32 percent.

The study carried out by the network was to find out the Kenyans perceptions on security in the country, on the Okoa Kenya referendum and also understand the election mood in the country.

While releasing the findings, Spectrum Network International CEO Sam Jim Mwanyasi says economic fail, corruption and insecurity remains a major concern among Kenyans even as they maintain their confidence with the Jubilee leadership

Only 9% of the respondents interviewed were completely satisfied with the security situation in the country a situation heightened by the recent attacks by the al-Shabaab at the KDF camp.

With barely 17 months left to the next general elections, there was a clear tight race of leadership between the two major political bigwigs but something to note was that most Kenyans said that they will not be swayed by political parties come 2017 however 3% were undecided on who to vote for.

Although in terms of party affiliations, the Jubilee Alliance remains a favorite among Kenyans with 41% of the respondents saying it is the party to beat.

Mwanyasi however says several party alignments and coalitions will change the perception of Kenyans before the next general elections slotted for August 2017.

On whether IEBC should be trusted to hold the next general elections there was a modest gap with 52 percent satisfied and 48 percent against.

The survey was done in the last three months with over 2,400 respondents taking part from across eight major towns in Kenya.


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