Uhuru’s popularity falls as Raila’s rises – Poll

Uhuru’s popularity falls as Raila’s rises – Poll

President Kenyatta’s popularity has dipped as Cord Leader Raila Odinga’s ratings climbed according to a new opinion poll.

The poll released by Infotrack on Sunday shows Kenyans are losing faith in their political leaders and parties fast, with President Kenyatta’s popularity taking a hit from last year’s ratings of 59 per cent to 33 per cent.

The poll was conducted last week amidst an uproar over corruption allegations in the Devolution Ministry headed by Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.

The survey shows that the popularity of Cord leader Raila Odinga has risen to 28.7 per cent, up from 19.3 per cent last year.

The Jubilee Coalition, however, still commands a national support of 37.5 per cent with Cord coming second with 32.8 per cent.

According to the report, most Kenyans are concerned about corruption with over 59 per cent believing that leaders found to be involved in corruption should be prosecuted immediately.

Other concerns for Kenyans are the high cost of living, unemployment and security respectively, while the least concern is sewerage and sanitation.

More than half of the population believes that the country is moving in the wrong direction, sentiments have not changed from the same period last year when a similar percentage was registered.

However, the number of people that believe the country is headed in the right direction dipped by 5 per cent to 29 per cent as compared to last year.

The report also showed that the citizenry is most satisfied with the media and least impressed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

“The low approval rating for EACC could be attributed to Kenyans’ disappointment with the fight against the seemingly heightened corruption. Media’s consistent reporting of issues as an objective and dynamic watchdog may have attributed to the high approval rating,” read the report in part.

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