84 per cent of Kenyans trust the President, says pollster


An opinion poll released yesterday suggests that 84 per cent of Kenyans have confidence in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s leadership.

According to the poll, 40.8 per cent of Kenyans say they are very confident in Uhuru’s leadership while 44 per cent say they are somewhat confident.

The poll, by Strategic Africa, reports that 11.1 per cent said they “are not confident” in Uhuru’s leadership and 3.7 per cent said the “are not confident at all.”

Asked to comment on Kenya’s situation socially, politically and economically, 78.3 per cent of Kenyans were of the opinion that the country is headed in the right direction.

“19.2 per cent say Kenya is headed in the wrong direction while 2.5 per cent do not have any idea or comment on the matter,” the poll said.

The pollsters who conducted the survey after US President Obama’s visit also rated the President’s performance in various sectors.

The poll involved a sample size of 2,004 respondents drawn from and distributed across the sampled 31 counties based on the respective population as per the 2009 Census.

Data collection was through face-to-face interviews with respondents at the household level using a semi-structured questionnaire with both closed and open-ended questions.

Uhuru’s lowest approvals are in Corruption (31.1 per cent), Rule of Law (35.4 per cent), Security (38.2 per cent) and Job Creation (39.2 per cent).

These are the respondents who either said that they rate the President’s performance as ‘very good’ or ‘good’.

“Most Kenyans are of the view that the one action President Uhuru should take to act decisively on corruption in Kenya is to appoint a credible anti-corruption authority,” the pollsters said.

Other actions significantly mentioned by the respondents are sacking and reconstituting the Cabinet and declaring corruption a national disaster.

Uhuru’s best performance is in Foreign Relations (65.5 per cent), Health (57.6 per cent), National Unity (51.9 per cent) and Good Governance (49.3 per cent).

The poll suggests that half of Kenyans believe that the Jubilee Government is not inclusive as currently constituted, with 48 per cent saying it is inclusive.

Regionally, 71.4 per cent of Northeastern residents said that the government is inclusive while only 26.6 per cent from the opposition stronghold of Nyanza believe so.


– the-star.co.ke

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