Raila still tops the race – Infotrak

February 26, 2012 3:48 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga is still the most preferred Presidential candidate, according to a new poll by Infotrak Research Company.

According to the research, Odinga led by 38 percent followed by Uhuru Kenyatta at 18 percent and William Ruto at seven percent.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka registered six percent support of those polled, Martha Karua five percent, Musalia Mudavadi three percent, Peter Kenneth two percent, while George Saitoti and Eugene Wamalwa tie at one percent.

“There are others who were also talked about who didn’t quite reach the one percent threshold but were at zero point something,” said Infotrak Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho.

But none of the Presidential contenders had reached the majority requirement to win a presidential poll as enshrined in the constitution meaning that such results would prompt a run-off.

Ambitho noted that 13 percent of Kenyans were still undecided.

Despite the results, all the Presidential candidates had declined significantly in popularity since March last year.

“Everybody seems to be losing some votes. This is because we have new candidates coming up like Musalia Mudavadi (Deputy Prime Minister), who previously ranked amongst others under one percent but as of now he is standing at three percent which must be from somewhere (other candidates),” Ambitho said.

Raila Odinga who is the top contender had dropped by ten points from March last year, while Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta had his popularity increase from nine percent in March last year to 18 percent this year. However he had dropped by one percent since October last year.

The poll also indicated that insecurity was the most pressing issue that Kenyans wanted addressed by the Grand Coalition government.

The research which had 5,000 respondents from across the country indicated that 36 percent of Kenyans wanted the security issue addressed while unemployment came in second at 33 percent.

“When we look at insecurity which is the top issue, it’s an issue across the board but it seems to be a more fundamental issue in North Eastern at 59 percent then Rift Valley at 47 percent,” Ambitho said.

The high cost of living ranked third at 30 percent.

At the same time the research firm said the performance of the grand coalition government had an average rating of 54.9 percent.

“The younger people are not as kind as the older ones with an average of 53 percent rating for those between 18 and 20 years to an average of 58 percent for those who are 51 years and above,” the Infotrak CEO said.


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