UDA is the most popular party in Kenya – TIFA polls
Deputy President William Ruto's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) is the most popular party in the country at 29 per cent, a new survey by TIFA Research has revealed.
The party is followed closely by Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) at 25 per cent.
"Only UDA and ODM can claim a substantial level of nationwide support.
"Support for the two next most popular parties – Jubilee and Wiper - is quite concentrated in particular regions (Mt. Kenya and Lower Eastern, respectively), with the same applying to FORD-Kenya, DAP-Kenya, ANC, though at quite minimal levels of support in their ‘home’ areas," TIFA Research Analyst Tom Wolf said on Wednesday.
The survey further revealed while nearly all ODM supporters also support the Azimio la Umoja coalition (96%), rather fewer supporters of UDA also support the Kenya Kwanza Alliance (85%).
"Over the last sixteen months, two most dramatic changes in the popularity of political parties have been (1) the decline of Jubilee (from 40% to 5%) and the appearance/rise of UDA (from nothing to 30%), making it currently the most popular party," the survey added.
At the same time, the survey revealed that Raila would win the presidential election if election was to be held today at 39 per cent, followed by Ruto at 35 per cent.
Kalonzo Musyoka, who announced his bid on Monday, came distant third at three per cent.
The research showed Ruto's popularity dropped from 39 per cent compared in its previous poll to 35 per cent in the latest survey while Raila's rose from 32 per cent to 39 per cent.