Jubilee popularity waning, poll shows
02 December 2015, 11:06
Nairobi - The latest opinion poll by Ipsos shows that there has been no significant change in the number of Kenyans supporting the two major political coalitions in the country.
According to the poll findings whose results were released Tuesday, the number of Kenyans identifying with Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) and its affiliate parties has increased by 1 per cent in the last three months.
Thirty-two per cent of Kenyans involved in the survey that was conducted between August and October feel closest to the Raila Odinga-led official opposition coalition, up from 31 per cent.
Despite the allegations of mega corruption scandals that have faced the ruling Jubilee government in the past few months and even the five week nationwide teachers strike among other issues, the number of its ardent supporters has dropped by only 3 per cent.
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A total of 48 per cent of Kenyans in August when the last opinion poll was released affirmed that they support the ruling coalition Jubilee. The percentage has however now dropped to 45, which is still significant as it is more than one third.
Interestingly, 12 per cent of Jubilee supporters give the government no credit at all for any achievements. The number of Cord supporters with a similar view is double that of their opponents, with 29 per cent of them giving the government no credit for achievements.
Hilda Kiritu, the Ipsos Public Affairs Director explained that the overall gap between the two groups of supporters in the latest third quarter survey is less than what it was at the time of the Second Quarter survey (13 vs. 17 per cent).
"There is no certainty that this gap-narrowing will continue," said Kiritu in the statement.
Asked what the main achievements President Kenyatta has made in the last three months, both Jubilee and Cord supporters were in agreement that the government has scored well in infrastructure, health services and education sectors.
A total of 2058 people aged 18 years and above living in both urban and rural areas were involved in the survey. Data was collected through face-to-face interviews.
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