Respondents interviewed—in the survey released on Thursday—mainly identified infrastructure (13 per cent), education (15 per cent) and the economy (13 per cent) as the major achievements in President Kenyatta’s approval.
“The President’s approval ratings for his performance over the last three months have bounced back from those recorded last November with a gain of nearly 20 percent. He however is yet to attain the even higher figures he enjoyed previously – between 73 percent and 78 percent towards the end of 2014,” says the survey.
Other contributing factors include achievements made in the war against corruption at 8 percent, implementation of the constitution at 6 percent and medical services at 5 percent.
Broken down, the President’s approval rating is higher in Central Kenya at 88 percent, followed by Rift Valley at 71 percent and Eastern region’s 68 percent.
Nyanza is the only region where the President’s rating fails to get at least a majority of this view, with a whopping 62 percent disapproving his performance countrywide.
Of the 31 percent of those who disapproved his performance, 39 percent tie corruption to their disapproval, while 19 percent cited the state of the economy with 6 percent singling out the infrastructure.
Other negatives include terrorism at 6 percent, implementation of the constitution and union relations and strikes tie at 4 percent with crime, human rights, poor leadership, political instability and failure of fulfilling promises coming in closely at 3 percent.
“The greatest contrasts are found in regard to corruption which has a 31 percent gap on the disapproval side, to infrastructure with a 25 percent margin on the approval side and education with a 13 percent gap which is on the disapproval side.”
There were however, those who had no opinion on the President’s approval rating, attributing to 6 percent of the respondents.
The results can be tied to the finding in the study that states that nearly half of all Kenyans – 45 percent—have a lot of confidence in the President performance.
This is against the 28 percent who said they have some confidence and the 14 percent who said they had a little confidence. There were however, a 12 percent of respondents who said they have no confidence at all in the President and the 19 percent who said they do not know.
President Kenyatta’s Deputy William Ruto scored 34 percent. Figuratively, Ruto’s combined positives sum up to 59 percent against the President’s 73 percent.
Much lower confidence levels are associated with the Attorney General’s office (15 percent) and the Cabinet Secretaries (14 percent) collectively.
“Such a gap helps explain why the highest confidence level score for the national government as a whole falls in between these two highest and lowest rankings,” says the survey.
“These scores suggest how successful the President has been at maintaining some distance between public perceptions of his Executive team and his own, personal popularity.”