August 9

Raila maintains lead in Nairobi as Wajackoyah eats into ‘big boy’s’ numbers

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022 12:24 | By
Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga
Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga during a past campaign event. PHOTO/Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga)/Twitter.

A new survey has placed Raila Odinga of the Azimio One Kenya coalition party as the most popular presidential candidate in Nairobi at 39 per cent.

In a report released on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, research firm InfoTrak ranked Deputy President William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party second with an approval rate of 30 per cent.

Roots party's George Wajackoyah is ranked third with 5 per cent and David Mwaure of Agano party fifth with 0.3 per cent. 15 per cent of those polled refused to disclose their preferred candidate.

The firm conducted 1,024 interviews between July 2 and 3, 2022 across all the 17 constituencies and 85 wards in Nairobi. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3 per cent.

"Interviews were conducted through Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI)," InfoTrak said.

The survey shows that Raila enjoys more support from men than women at 52 per cent, the same as Ruto who has an approval rate of 30 per cent from men.

Raila also enjoys huge support from the people aged between 36-45 years at 53 per cent compared to Ruto's 27 per cent.

Presidential candidate popularity based on gender and age. PHOTO/Screenshot
Presidential candidate popularity based on gender and age. PHOTO/Screenshot

Raila's experience

Further, 70 per cent of those who said they would vote for Raila, cited his experience and development track record. On experience and track record, Ruto got an approval rate of 45 per cent.

Wajackoyah's increasing popularity has in the recent past been attributed to his promise to legalise bhang in the country if elected.

The candidate has promised to encourage the growth of cannabis sativa also known as marijuana for medicinal and industrial use, to revive Kenya's 'ailing' economy.

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