, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – The latest Ipsos Synovate poll released on Wednesday shows that majority of Kenyans are confident that the government will deliver on the promises made in its manifesto.
In the research done between June 23 and 30, over 80 percent of Kenyans believe the government will deliver on healthcare, youth and women’s empowerment and transport system.
“Seventy percent believe the Jubilee government will deliver on security, 72 percent believe the government will deliver on creation of jobs, agriculture and food security,” Ipsos Senior Researcher Tom Wolf explained.
According to the research which had 2,000 respondents, 66 percent of them believed that standard one pupils will get free laptops and another 67 percent trust that the government will deliver on its education promise.
The poll further showed that 51 percent of Kenyans have confidence in President Uhuru Kenyatta and 48 percent have confidence in his Deputy William Ruto at 48 percent, which is the same level of trust Kenyans have for religious leaders.
“Forty six percent of Kenyans trust the media, followed by governors and senators at 36 percent. The Supreme Court at 34 percent,” the research indicated.
Political parties and police are the least trusted institutions by Kenyans.
Despite the confidence in delivery of promises and confidence with the president, Kenyans complained that they are hard-pressed by the high cost of living, unemployment and insecurity.
“Fifty four percent of those interviewed complained of high cost of living, 21 percent felt that unemployment was a challenge and seven percent are unhappy with the security situation in the country,” the research showed.
Wolf explained that 49 percent of Kenyans felt that over the last three months, the economy had worsened which he said could have been still a problem for any other government.
On the International Criminal Court (ICC) issue which continues to be a thorny side due to charges facing President Kenyatta and his deputy Ruto, the research indicated that support for The Hague based court has dwindled from over 50 percent in 2012 to 39 percent in July this year.
“Only 39 percent prefer The Hague option, those who want a local tribunal maybe something regional as the African Union 32 percent, and no trials at all just amnesty 29 percent, much lower it has been in the past,” Wolf explained.
Populations in Nyanza, Coast and Western supported the trials at The Hague most while Central Kenya and Rift Valley supported the process least at 7 percent and 24 percent respectively.
If the ICC trials are not heard within the African region, 50 percent of Kenyans would want African countries not to pull out of the Rome Statute whereas 41 percent would want them pull out.
Surprisingly only 33 percent of Kenyans know that the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) recently released a report of its findings out of which 40 percent trust the commission.
Thirty-nine percent of those who know about the report feel that TJRC was a waste of public funds.