Nine out of 10 Kenyans (both Catholics and non-Catholics) are excited about Pope Francis’ visit to the country, a new poll by Infotrak shows
But Catholics are “extremely excited” by the Pope’s Kenya tour with 98 per cent of the Catholics polled saying the visit has excited them.
Another 91 per cent of non-Catholics are of a similar opinion, the poll shows
“Pope Francis’ humility has endeared him to both Catholics and non-Catholics,” said Infotrak’s Angela Ombitho.
“In general, people find that he does present a shift not only in Christianity but in global leadership” she added
The poll further shows that 87 per cent of Catholics in Kenya have a favourable opinion on the Pope while 82 per cent of non-Catholics are of a similar opinion.
The poll, which was conducted between October 3 and November 20, 2015, had a sample size of 777 individuals representing 19 million adult Kenyans.
It was conducted in all counties.
The poll also revealed that 95 per cent of Catholics believe Pope Francis presents a major change of direction for the Catholic Church, a view that is held by 84 per cent of non-Catholics
Also, 98 per cent of Catholics in Kenya believe that the Pope presents a major shift in Christianity while 85 per cent of non-Catholics holds the same view.
At the same time, 97 per cent of Catholics believe the Pope also presents a major shift in global leadership, a view which is held by 85 per cent of non-Catholics
Kenyans also want the Pope to address various issues including peaceful co-existence, corruption, immorality and social justice, among others.
SOURCE: AFRICA REVIEW