, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – Almost all Kenyans are excited about the visit to Kenya by Pope Francis visit this week according to a new poll by Infotrak Research and Consulting.
According to the poll 93 percent of Kenyans recently interviewed expressed excitement towards the Pope’s visit, cutting across religious denominations, regions, age and gender.
Among the issues that Kenyans want the Pope to address are peaceful co-existence, good governance and human rights.
More specifically with leaders, Kenyans want the issue of corruption addressed as indicated by 45 percent of respondents owing to the scandals in the country while with religious leaders, Kenyans would like the Pope to deal with leadership and immorality as well as peaceful coexistence.
“Since his election as Pope, Kenyans generally indicate that they have been more inclined to giving more importance to their family and treating others with kindness as indicated by 79 percent of respondents. The Pope also seems to have had a positive influence on prayer as 74 percent indicated that they pray more regularly since the Pope’ election,” said Infotrak Research and Consulting Chief Executive Angela Ambitho.
According to the poll Kenyans are of the view that Pope Francis represents a major positive change for the direction of the Catholic Church as well as the direction of Christianity.
“Pope Francis is admired by Kenyan Catholics and non-Catholics, who have embraced his optimism, humility and more inclusive tone. Indeed the Pope’s likeability seems to have rubbed onto the Catholic Church which despite being caught up in negative scandals globally has a high approval rating in Kenya,” Ambitho added.
The poll was conducted between October 3 and November 20.
A sample of 777 respondents was interviewed to represent the Kenyan adult population of 19,462,358 translating into a minimum margin of error of -/+ 2.53 at 95 percent degree of confidence.
The survey was conducted in all the 47 counties of Kenya.
With barely days before Pope Francis starts his maiden trip to Africa, he has gone out of his way to express excitement in meeting and interacting with people of Kenya and Uganda.
While appreciating efforts to prepare for his visit, the Holy Father has also sent greetings to Ugandans and Kenyans.