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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee hits low marks in survey

NAIROBI, KENYA: National approval of the Jubilee Government appears to be plummeting, with the latest opinion poll revealing that most Kenyans think the country is heading in the wrong direction.


President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto

And the media remains the most trusted institution at 68 per cent, higher even than President Uhuru Kenyatta’s approval rating of 53 per cent, in the same opinion poll released yesterday by Ipsos Synovate. 


The study has come at a time Uhuru’s administration continues to battle rising perception that it is unfriendly to the media and non-governmental organisations and is doing too little to stem the growing cost of living and insecurity. 


The survey reveals that as many as six out of 10 Kenyans (or 64 per cent) believe the Jubilee Government is taking Kenya the wrong way. That is a whole two-thirds of the people sampled in the survey. Only a minority (29 per cent) said things are going in the right direction. 


Among issues seen to be sinking the approval ratings of the eight-month old Jubilee regime are its failure to address the high cost of living, corruption in government, greed among elected leaders and the increased incidences of insecurity. 

When participants in the survey were asked what they liked least about the Jubilee regime, three out of 10 (35 per cent) said the Uhuru and Ruto-led team has failed to address the high cost of living, while 17 per cent pointed to alleged corruption in government.

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