Uhuru Kenyatta Beats Raila In Presidential Debate Poll


An opinion poll by Ipsos Synovate on Monday night Presidential Debate indicates that Jubilee flag bearer Uhuru Kenyatta emerged top.

The poll conducted yesterday shows that Kenyatta would now garner 40% compared to CORD’s flag bearer Raila Odinga’s 33% if elections were held today

The Eagle Alliance flag bearer Peter Kenneth would be third with 7% followed by Amani Alliance leader Musalia Mudavadi at 4% and Narc Kenya’s Martha Karua at 2%.

The other presidential candidates Restore and Build Kenya’s Prof James Ole Kiyiapi, Safina’s Paul Muite and Alliance for Real Change Mohammed Abduba Dida scored a mark below the 2% line.

The undecided remained at 7% while 6% of those interviewed declined to respond to the interview.

The poll indicated that Kenyatta performed exemplary well compared to other candidates with 37% of those interviewed responding in his favour as opposed to 23% who said Odinga performed the best.

23% of the respondents said that the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy – CORD leader Odinga performed best in the tribalism issue followed by Kenyatta at 22%.

On the issue of Education, 18% of the respondents said that Prof Kiyiapi performed well followed by Kenyatta at 16%, Kenneth at 14% and Odinga at 12%.

Kenyatta was ranked the best in handling the controversial ICC issue at 25% followed by Odinga at 17%.

Karua performed the best in the health sector by scoring 27% followed by Kenyatta and Odinga at 17% and 15% respectively.

However, 74% of the respondents said that the debate did not influence the presidential vote while 24% said it had an impact.

2% of the respondents were not sure if the debate had an influence on their vote.

The poll further indicated that 44% of the initially undecided voters would now vote for the Jubilee candidate.

While releasing the poll, Ipsos Synovate’s Tom Wolf, said that Odinga, Kenneth, Mudavadi and Karua lost in terms of support base after the debate.

Wolf, however, said that Ipsos Synovate cannot conclude who among the candidates is leading nationally but among those who watched, Kenyatta performed best.


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