72 percent of Kenyans believe country is headed in wrong direction – Report
A large majority of Kenyans, 72 percent, feel that the country is heading in the wrong direction, the latest report by research company Infotrak has revealed.
The report released on Monday shows that this sentiment is particularly strong in the Nyanza and Western regions, where 82 percent and 79 percent of the population, respectively, expressed concerns about the country’s trajectory.
On the other hand, only 15 percent of Kenyans have expressed optimism, stating that the country is heading in the right direction.
The regions with higher percentages of confidence in the country’s direction are Central (32 percent), North Eastern (31 percent), and Rift Valley (19 percent).
The poll was conducted between July 2 and July 8 and had 2,400 respondents from across the country.
The data also revealed a clear indication of public discontent with the leadership. A staggering 75 percent of Kenyans place the blame for the country’s wrong direction on the President.
The Executive is held responsible by nine percent of the population, while four percent blame the government itself.
Interestingly, some citizens also feel that the blame lies with the people, as three percent attribute the situation to their fellow citizens, while one percent point fingers at religious leaders as contributing.
According to the InfoTrack poll, the top reasons cited for the negative sentiment towards the country’s direction include the high cost of living, with a substantial 93 percent of respondents identifying it as a major concern.
Additionally, 19 percent of those surveyed attributed the problems to issues of unemployment and poor governance.
In regards to the Finance Act 2023, which saw some Kenyans taking to the streets to protest, the InfoTrack poll shows that 78 percent of Kenyans are against the Act, while 22 percent of the respondents were in favor.