Uhuru Kenyatta will surely win 2017 elections – his popularity grows to 68% according to Ipsos

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President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s popularity has risen to 68 per cent, up from 47 per cent in November last year, says a new opinion poll conducted by Ipsos.

According to the poll, both Jubilee and Cord supporters gave him a positive performance rating over the last three months.

“The fact that a full one-third of opposition loyalists are prepared to give him such approval suggests a significant weakening of opposition’s base,” Ipsos says in its analysis.

The President’s popularity in Western Kenya is at 52 per cent.

His approval ratings are highest in Central Kenya at 88 per cent followed by Rift Valley at 71 per cent, Eastern 68 per cent and Coast 66 per cent.

In Nyanza, 30 per cent approve of President Kenyatta’s performance over the last three months against 62 per cent who disapprove.

Likewise, 46 per cent of the respondents support the Jubilee coalition, as opposed to 32 per cent who support the rival Cord.

The poll was conducted between June 4 and June 18 this year with 2,076 respondents participating.