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Survey: Raila climbing the Mountain as Ruto slides down

A survey conducted by Mizani Africa in Mount Kenya region shows ODM leader Raila Odinga is fast gaining popularity while Deputy President William Ruto is losing ground.

The survey found that Raila is gaining favour with the electorate in the populous region while Ruto who has spent the past three years campaigning is losing ground.

Raila, the survey established, is winning the hearts of the voters due to his backing of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s development agenda.

In contrast, Ruto is fast losing ground due to his opposition to the March 9, 2018 handshake between Uhuru and Raila.

The Deputy President, the survey established, is also losing favour with the electorate due to his attacks on Uhuru and pushing class war through the Hustler Narrative.

The survey says Raila's popularity in the Mount Kenya region has risen to 27.1% in just three weeks from a low of 2 per cent and is increasing daily.

The research conducted between October 1 and October 13 in the Central region indicated Ruto used to be the most preferred presidential candidate in the area with 58.2% but that is now going down. According to the poll's findings, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi was ranked a distant third with 5.2%.

The research was conducted on 5,000 samples across the 11 counties in the region.

The research company's comparative analysis of the most preferred political party if elections were held today indicated ODM was more popular than the Jubilee outfit in Mt Kenya.

The United Democratic Alliance (UDA), which is linked to Ruto, was ranked first with 61.7% but the figure is fast going down.

A comparative analysis of male candidates that are likely to deputise aspiring presidents at the moment indicated National Speaker Justin Muturi was the most preferred.

Muturi was ranked first with 28.7%, followed by former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo with 21.7%.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya was ranked third with 17.6%.

The research indicated that Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua was the preferred female candidate likely to deputise the aspiring president if elections are held today.

Karua was ranked first with 34.8%, followed by Agnes Kagure with 31.7%.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru was ranked third with 14.9%. 


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