NAIROBI With just 17 months to go before Kenya holds its next general election, a new opinion poll has found that the majority of Kenyans have no faith in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which will conduct the polls.
According to the results of the latest opinion poll conducted by Infotrak Harris,a majority of Kenyans have also lost trust in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Parliament and the Police.
The opinion poll shows that 50 per cent of Kenyans do not trust the IEBC, 69 per cent do not trust the EACC, while 60 per cent do not trust the Judiciary.
The poll further shows that if elections were to be held today, President Uhuru Kenyatta would get 45 per cent of the votes cast, followed by opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga at 28 per cent.
According to the opinion poll, Deputy President William Ruto’s popularity in Kenya’s Rift Valley region has dropped in a move that the firm’s Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho attributes to his failure to declare interest in the Presidency.
About 20 per cents of Kenyans are either “undecided on who their popular leader is or claim they have no interest in voting”.
Youth under 30 years feel frustrated by Kenyatta’s style of leadership and are warming up to the Leader of the Opposition Odinga.
Among the youth, the gap between the two leaders has narrowed, with Kenyatta and Odinga enjoying 40 and 31 per cent respectively.
This latest research indicates that “Uhuru, while not as popular as he was in 2014”, has gained ground as his government tries to fight runaway corruption allegations.
On the other hand, the opposition leader’s popularity improved from 19 per cent in 2014 to 29 per cent in last year, but has “remained the same in March”. Within the rival coalitions, Uhuru and Odinga are still the preferred candidates for presidency.
“If elections were held today, 89 per cent of Jubilee supporters would elect Uhuru while 77 per cent of CORD supporters would elect Raila”, the survey results show. Only about 7.0 per cent of CORD supporters would consider voting for Kalonzo Musyoka while 2.0 per cent would vote for Moses Wetangula, two other leaders of the opposition coalition.