64% of Kenyans do not support opposition protests – TIFA survey
A survey by research firm TIFA has revealed that a majority of Kenyans do not support the planned demonstrations by the opposition Azimio coalition, led by Raila Odinga.
According to the survey, which was conducted between March 11-19, 2023, only 31 percent of the respondents said they support the protests, while 64 percent said they do not support them and four percent had no opinion.
The survey also found that only 16 percent of the respondents believe that Odinga and his coalition will succeed in removing President William Ruto’s government from power, while 72 percent said they will not succeed and 12 percent were not sure or did not know.
The survey also asked about the impact of creating the position of leader of the opposition in the National Assembly and whether Azimio should accept it. The results showed that 36 percent of the respondents believe that this will make the opposition stronger, 48 percent believe that this will make the opposition weaker and 16 percent say it will make no difference.
Despite Azimio’s defiance, the survey also revealed that 48 percent of Kenyans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction and only 37 percent believe it is headed in the right direction.
The majority blames their lack of confidence in the country’s direction on the economy, specifically the rise in high living costs, unemployment, poor national leadership, hunger and drought, and corruption.
This is the first release from TIFA’s first survey of 2023, which covers a variety of current topics, including Kenyans’ views of the state of the economy, the main problems they are facing and last year’s general election.
The survey was completed on March 19, a day before Azimio held its first protest march in Nairobi and several other urban areas on March 20.
Since then, Azimio has announced that it will hold its protests twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays until the government lowers the cost of living and addresses electoral reforms.
President Ruto has however warned that he will decisively deal with “economic terrorists” who are trying to destabilize his government.