Kenyans feel economic situation worsening

December 7, 2015 7:21 pm
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Of those whose situation has worsened, 41 percent attribute it to high cost of living, 24 percent corruption while 13 percent believe leadership has led to their current situation/FILE
Of those whose situation has worsened, 41 percent attribute it to high cost of living, 24 percent corruption while 13 percent believe leadership has led to their current situation/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7- A new survey by Ipsos Kenya indicates that 54 percent of Kenyans household economic conditions have worsened over the last three months against 19 percent, whose condition has improved.

Of those whose situation has worsened, 41 percent attribute it to high cost of living, 24 percent corruption while 13 percent believe leadership has led to their current situation.

Those whose situation has improved, attributed it to the two reasons most frequently given – employment/job situations and the cost-of-living (34 percent and 32 percent, respectively).

At the same time, this “wrong direction” figure represents a significant increase since Ipsos’ previous survey in August (by 13 percent, from 41 percent); even if in the latter part of 2013 and the first half of 2014 the “worsened” figure was as higher or higher.

Residents of North Eastern, Coast and Nairobi want the Government to create more job opportunities at 75 percent, 65 percent and 62 percent respectively in order to alleviate poverty.

2,058 Kenyans were interviewed during the survey that focused on 41 counties, with residents of Nairobi County prioritizing on the need to have water for the current situation to change.

“While the explanation for this (negative) increase is not immediately apparent, the fact that about one-in-five households captured in the survey, have a family members who is a public school teacher (during a period when teachers’ salaries had been withheld by their employer) may have at least contributed to this lower figure,” reads the report.

The views vary across the country’s main political divide, with somewhat more optimism among Jubilee than CORD supporters.

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