CORD Principal Raila Odinga Chances To Win 2017 Elections Are Slim- IPSOS

President Uhuru Kenyatta and CORD Leader Raila Odinga
President Uhuru Kenyatta and CORD Leader Raila Odinga PHOTO/COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has widened his gap over opposition leader Raila Odinga in regards to the next election, says a recent poll from IPSOS.

The polls, conducted from June 4th to 18th show that the President would win next year’s elections with a 51 per cent lead over Raila’s 28 per cent, a gap of 23 per cent.

CORD principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula came a distant third, each garnering 2 per cent.

The survey also indicates that 12 per cent of Kenyans are still undecided on their candidate of choice for next year’s elections.

However, if they are exempted from the polls, Uhuru would still lead by 58 per cent as Raila comes second with 32 per cent. This means that the President is likely to secure a first round win in the elections.

IPSOS however cited that the numbers will dramatically change should CORD identify its preffered candidate, but 75 per cent of CORD supporters chose Raila as their favourite candidate to challenge Kenyatta while only 4 per cent sided with both Kalonzo and Wetangula.

The survey saw 2,076 respondents being interviewed with a margin-of-error plus or minus 2.15 per cent while, another category focusing on
the country’s main political divide indicated that 46 per cent of Cord supporters believe that the Opposition would beat Jubilee in 2017, whereas only 8 per cent of Jubilee supporters hold this view. On the other hand, 67 per cent of Jubilee supporters believe this is very unlikely with 11 per cent of Cord supporters having the same view, that Jubilee will beat CORD.

The political divide has however grown substantially over recent months with 13 per cent of Kenyans saying that they are not sure which side will take the day on the next general elections that are only 406 days away from now.