Tight Race Between Odinga, Kenyatta, Pollsters Say
The latest opinion poll from 3 pollsters shows a dead-hit between two top contenders Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.
The polls commissioned by the Royal Media Services Ltd indicate that the two candidates either tie or are neck and neck.
The polls also reveal that there would be no winner in the first round as none would get the required 50 plus 1% vote to be declared the winner.
The pollsters behind the new opinion polls released today (Monday) are Strategic Research, Ipsos Synovate and Infotrak Harris.
According to Strategic Research survey, the popularity of CORD stands at 44%, Jubilee 43%, Amani 6% and Eagle 3%.
The pollster survey indicates that if elections were held today, CORD’s candidate Raila Odinga would get 44%, Jubilee’s Uhuru Kenyatta 43%, Musalia Mudavadi 6% while Peter Kenneth 3%
On the other hand, the survey by Ipsos Synovate shows that CORD and Jubilee Alliance popularity tie at 44% while Amani would garner 5%.
The Eagle Alliance of Peter Kenneth has a popularity of 2% if elections were held today.
In the Infotrak Harris survey, both CORD and Jubilee alliances tie at 45% in terms of party popularity.
But according to presidential candidate popularity, Raila Odinga would garner 46%, Uhuru Kenyatta 44%, Musalia Mudavadi 6% and Peter Kenneth 2%.
According to Strategic Research, unemployment, corruption and insecurity are the three top issues Kenyans would like to see the next President address.
Unlike the previous surveys, the just released poll was conducted countrywide with increased number of respondents.
Strategic Research and Ipsos Synovate interviewed 2,500 respondents in 33 counties spread all over the country while Infotrak Harris interviewed 2,646 respondents in 29 counties.
All the polls were conducted on the same period with Strategic Research doing it between the dates February 14th-17th 2013.
Ipsos Synovate held its poll between February 13th-15th 2013 while the third pollster Infotrak Harris polled between February 15th-17th 2013.
All the three pollsters reported a margin of error in their surveys ranging from 2% to 3% with a level of confidence standing at 95%