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Uhuru way ahead of opposition candidates, latest opinion poll shows

President Uhuru Kenyatta is still the man to beat in the forthcoming general elections, if a new survey released on Wednesday is to be believed.

According to the findings by Ipsos Synovate, President Kenyatta, who is seeking a second term, could even win the polls in round one.

Results of the Ipsos polls show that President Kenyatta would garner 50 percent of the total votes if the elections are held today, which is just one percent shy of the mandatory 50 percent plus one threshold needed for outright victory,

Cord leader Raila Odinga is President Kenyatta’s closest challenger with 22 percent rating from the sampled population.

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is ranked third with two percent, while Musalia Mudavadi commands a paltry one percent rating.


Lead researcher Tom Wolf explained that President Kenyatta is scoring highly because there is no dispute about his candidature unlike Cord which is yet to pick its presidential flag bearer.

Cord co-principals Mr Odinga (ODM), Mr Musyoka of Wiper and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula are all eyeing the coalition’s presidential ticket.

For this reason, Mr Wolf says results of future polls are bound to change once the opposition candidate is known.

The poll also shows that President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party commands the greatest following among Kenyans.

According to the poll, 45% of Kenyans identify with the Jubilee Party against 19% who identify with ODM, with 6% identifying with Cord.

The Jubilee Alliance and Wiper Democratic Movement draw their following from 6% and 2% of Kenyans respectively. Kenya’s General Elections will be held 0n August 8 next year.