Poll shows Uhuru still most popular leader at 45pc

March 27, 2016 12:45 pm
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President Kenyatta is followed by Opposition leader Raila Odinga at 28 percent, while his co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is third at a distant 2.5 percent/FILE
President Kenyatta is followed by Opposition leader Raila Odinga at 28 percent, while his co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is third at a distant 2.5 percent/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – President Uhuru Kenyatta remains the most popular leader in the country according to a new poll released by Infotrack Research and Consulting, at 45 percent.

He is followed by the Opposition leader Raila Odinga who has 28 percent while CORD co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka is third at a distant 2.5 percent.

Infotrack Chief Executive Angela Ambitho says President Kenyatta while not as popular as he was in 2014, has regained some of the popularity he lost late last year when his government was marred with corruption.

“In October last year Uhuru’s popularity dropped from 60 percent to 34 percent. It has now increased to 45 percent. Raila’s popularity jumped from 19 percent in 2014 to 29 percent in 2015 and has remained the same in March,” Ambitho said.

Musyoka and Peter Kenneth are almost tied in popularity at 2.5 percent and 2.2 percent respectively while both William Ruto and Moses Wetangula have the same support at approximately one percent.

Martha Karua and Musalia Mudavadi have less than one percent popularity.

Twenty percent of Kenyans are either undecided on who their popular leader is or claim they have no interest in voting.

Interestingly, President Kenyatta seems to be gaining popularity in Odinga’s backyard as he has 15 percent of supporters in Nyanza region and 28 percent of support in the coastal region.

“It is important to note that the gauge for popularity here is based on asking respondent to hypothesise if elections were held today, and determine who they should vote,” Ambitho noted.

The poll also indicates that the Jubilee Coalition is the most popular at 40.4 percent while CORD has 31 percent.

According to the poll, the recently launched Jubilee Alliance Party seems to have taken root and currently leads ODM in popularity at 30 percent against 26 percent.

The National Alliance Party has 8 percent, URP at 0.6 percent while Kanu at 0.6 percent.

“The merging of the Jubilee Coalition parties in Jubilee Alliance Party has also resulted Reduction to negligible levels in popularity of URP overall but most significantly in Rift Valley,” Ambitho explained.

According to the poll President Kenyatta is still the most popular leader within the Jubilee Coalition with about 89 percent saying that they would vote for him as president if elections were held today.

On the other hand Odinga is the most popular leader within the CORD coalition as 77 percent of CORD supporters would vote for him as president if elections were held today.

Seven percent of CORD supporters would vote for Kalonzo while two percent would vote for Moses Wetangula.

Meanwhile, the poll shows that most Kenyans do not trust key public institutions in the country among them EACC, Judiciary and IEBC.

According to the poll, 70 percent of Kenyans don’t trust the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) 59 percent of Kenyans have little to no trust in the Kenya Police.

Sixty percent of Kenyans have no faith in the Judiciary while 52.2 percent have no trust in the opposition

However, Jubilee government is perceived by a majority; 55 percent of Kenyans as trustworthy.

“Kenyans seem to trust Uhuru Kenyatta and his government at least more than they trust other institutions,” she explained.

The media remains the most trusted institution in the country.

The poll was conducted between March 6 and 10, with about 1,800 respondents across the country being interviewed.

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