NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 7 – The high cost of living in the country is the most serious problem facing Kenya today, according to a recent finding by IPSOS.
At a total of 28 percent, inflation is followed closely by corruption at 20 percent with lack of employment coming in third at 15 percent based on respondent interviews during the research that targeted 2076 people.
“The proportion of ‘most serious problem facing the country’ has dropped somewhat significantly from November’s survey of 36 percent to 28 percent. The same applies to corruption which dropped from 25 percent to 20 percent,” says the survey.
It reveals that corruption as a vice has steadily grown becoming an issue of concern, despite the 5 percent drop. Figuratively, only 3 percent of respondents spoke of it in a 2011 survey during the Grand Coalition government compared to last November’s 25 percent – and this month’s 20 percent – during the Jubilee Government.
The survey, which was also, outlined poor leadership, political instability, hunger and drought and tribalism/ethnic tensions as some of the most serious problems facing the country.
Interestingly, the number of people identifying terrorism and insecurity as a serious problem facing Kenya was noted to have decreased – from 12 percent to 3 percent – which is attributed to the lack of a major attack inside the country.
“In terms of the country’s main political divide, the only significant contrast is with regard to cost of living/inflation, with somewhat more CORD supporters mentioning it than do those of Jubilee – 32 percent versus 25 percent -, while contrasts on nearly all other issues are minimal.”
The two blocks of supporters however tie at 20 percent as far as corruption is concerned.