Poll: Kenyans happy with referendum result

August 21, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – A poll released by Infotrack Harris on Saturday indicates that 91 percent of Kenyans are satisfied with the results of the August 4 referendum.

The poll shows the level of satisfaction as very high across the entire country, including in Rift Valley Province where a majority voted against the proposed law.

Infotrack Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho said most of those who expressed dissatisfaction cited the fact that the church was defeated during the polls.

“88 percent of those in Rift Valley are actually satisfied with the outcome of the referendum. You actually see less satisfaction in Coast and Central and that may just be due to the fact that they anticipated that the speed with which implementation would take place would be faster,” she said.

The study further revealed that Raila Odinga remains the most preferred presidential candidate, with 46 percent of Kenyans supporting him. He is followed by Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta with 13 percent and Higher Education Minister William Ruto at 10 percent.

Mr Kenyatta is also seen as the most popular running mate at 30 percent, followed by Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, both getting 18 percent approval. 13 percent of Kenyans support Mr Ruto as a potential running mate.

In the presidential race, Water Minister Charity Ngilu is at fourth position with seven percent approval, edging just ahead of Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka at six percent. As running mate, Mrs Ngilu has nine percent chance.
A further six percent of Kenyans, according to the poll, would like President Kibaki to vie in the 2012 elections, despite him not being eligible for re-election as he has already served the two terms stipulated by the Kenyan laws.

Gichugu legislator Martha Karua, Mr Mudavadi and Internal Security Minister George Saitoti would be voted as President by six, four and two percent of Kenyans respectively. As running mate, Ms Karua gets eight percent approval, ahead of Prof Saitoti\’s two percent.

A sample of 1,200 respondents was interviewed to represent the Kenyan adult population of about 19 million, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8. The survey was conducted in all provinces.

Meanwhile, Kangundo MP Johnstone Muthama has called on organisations carrying out opinion polls in the country to exercise professionalism in their work.
Mr Muthama urged the media to be extra careful while dealing with such organisations so as to give Kenyans accurate and correct information of a given issue at a given time.
He called on all Kenyans to elect a leader for the top seat, when time comes, on his or her individual capability and not on tribal alliances as the only way to attain a united country.


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