Azimio la Umoja presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga’s ratings have risen for the first time by four per cent beating his main challenger United Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate Deputy President William Ruto.
According to a poll by Trends & Insights for Africa (TIFA), Odinga is the most popular preferred candidate with 39 per cent while Ruto comes in second at 35 per cent.
The poll by TIFA was unable to establish why there was an increment in the popularity of the Azimio presidential candidate, however, the increase came after naming Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua.
The same poll has shown the Odinga – Karua ticket as the most popular pair at thirty-nine per cent, while the DP- Rigathi Gachagua pair is second with thirty-five per cent.
Kalonzo Musyoka and Andrew Sunkuli come in a distant third at 2 per cent.
The Azimio la Umoja coalition has gained more popularity in Nyanza, the Coast region, lower eastern Nairobi and Western.
On the other hand, Ruto’s lead Kenya Kwanza is more popular in Central and the Rift Valley.
While the Odinga -karua pair is more popular among the older generation, the poll indicates that 43 per cent of the respondents who are 35 years and above support the pair. Only 35 per cent of people aged 35 years and above support the DP.
According to the poll, 14 per cent of respondents said they are undecided on who to vote for, while one per cent said they would not vote.
Martha Karua would be voted for by 69 per cent of respondents in Nyanza, while Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua would get 66 per cent support from South Rift.
Kalonzo enjoys the biggest support in Lower Eastern, where 15 per cent of respondents said they would vote for him and his running mate Andrew Sunkuli.
The Azimio team is most popular in five of the nine zones where the survey was conducted; Nyanza (69 per cent), Coast (49 per cent), Lower Eastern (36 per cent), Nairobi (49 per cent) and Western (49 per cent).
The Kenya Kwanza team is most popular in four of the nine zones; South Rift (66 per cent), Central (59 per cent), Mt Kenya (46 per cent) and Northern (40 per cent).
One thousand seven hundred nineteen respondents were polled in the research conducted between May 15 and May 16, 2022.
The poll had a margin of error +/- 2.34 per cent.