Kenyans happy with referendum vote

August 12, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11- Ninety percent of Kenyans claim they are very satisfied with the results of the August 4 referendum regardless of how they voted, a new opinion poll has shown.

The study by Synovate Kenya which targeted 1012 adults also indicated that Kenyans’ have lost trust in their church leaders with only 19 percent of the respondents saying they have faith in the men of God.

Managing Director George Waititu on Wednesday said the poll showed that the level of trust Kenyans placed on the clergy was almost the same as that that they had for politicians.

“Alarmingly, church leaders are fully trusted by a paltry 19 percent, more or less the same percentage that fully trust politicians (17 percent). When the results were broken down among Christians, 32 percent of Catholics claimed they do not trust their church leaders at all compared to 40 percent of Protestants,” Mr Waititu explained.

He further observed that three quarters of Kenyans were optimistic that in the next 12 months, their economic conditions would be better than they currently were.

“Looking to the future, 76 percent of Kenyans believe that things will have improved by this time next year now that the new constitution has been adopted. This percentage has raised significantly from 45 percent in December 2009,” he noted.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga also seemed to be the most trusted politician among the respondents with Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka coming in a distant second.

“Considering trust ratings on personalities, the PM leads with 61 percent; slightly more than a quarter claim they fully trust the VP while only two in every 10 Kenyans fully trust the Higher Education Minister William Ruto,” he added.

The media again emerged as the most fully trusted source of information with three quarters of the respondents saying they relied on it: “Twenty one percent of Kenyans however only somewhat trust the media and one percent doesn’t trust it at all.”

The report which was conducted between August 6 and 8 also showed that Kenyans had confidence in the capacity of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) to conduct electoral processes. It indicated that ratings for the IIEC had significantly improved since December 2009 when only 12 percent of Kenyans trusted it.

Mr Waititu added that almost all Kenyans believed that the referendum was free and transparent with minor problems.

“Most probably this optimism relates to the successful management of the voting process by the IIEC. In this context all sampled Kenyans (99 percent) allege that they either fully trust or somewhat trust the IIEC,” he said.

In general the poll showed that Kenyans were getting over the self destruction reflected in the 2007 post election violence as well as the global and the national anxieties that lingered about how they would vote and respond to the referendum outcome.


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