NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 24 – A recently released opinion poll conducted Ipsos Synovate says 34 percent of Kenyans want CORD leader Raila Odinga to retire from politics while another 22 percent want him to contest for presidency in 2017.
A similar poll conducted in September indicated that 37 percent of those polled want the former Prime Minister to retire from politics completely, compared to 31 percent who want him to run for President in the 2017 elections.
At the same the survey which was conducted between November 7-19 shows that 40 percent of Kenya polled would vote for Uhuru Kenyatta with 29 percent voting for Odinga.
The study goes on to indicate that 56 percent of Jubilee Coalition supporters want him to retire from politics but 70 percent of CORD supporters polled said he should remain active and contest.
Thirty-five percent want the CORD principal to contest in the upcoming General Election with nine percent saying they did not know.
Research analyst Tom Wolf said many Kenyans polled said that Odinga is too old to lead the country while 30 percent of the respondents felt that even if he wins, he will not be sworn in.
Other respondents said they felt that CORD leader is better placed in the opposition than to be President of Kenya while others said they feared his supporters are likely to be rowdy and chaotic.
Twenty percent of the respondents said they believe the former PM would make a bad president, while 26 percent want Odinga to pass the mantle to another younger opposition leader as he is bound to lose the election if he runs.
Among opposition and governing leaders outside the Executive, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta recorded the highest approval rating with the respondent scoring 47 percent.
The opposition in general garnered 17 percent confidence with the National Assembly scoring just 10 percent in confidence levels. For both coalitions, 38 percent revealed that they would not elect their current sitting legislators if they happened to contest in the next General Election.