Raila Odinga closing in on Uhuru – poll

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Raila Odinga after he was unveiled as the Opposition Presidential candidate for the August 8 General Election in Uhuru Park on April 27. PHOTO: JACK OWUOR/THE STAR

The National Super Alliance (NASA) chief, Raila Odinga, is steadily closing in on President Uhuru Kenyatta with less than three months to the General Election, according to a recent poll courtesy of the Radio Africa Group.

In the survey, 40 percent of respondents said they would vote for Raila Odinga, the Nasa flagbearer, if the elections were to be held today. Just weeks back, in March, a poll by the same firm showed that just 24 percent said Raila was their favourite candidate for President.

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DP William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Jubilee Party National Delegates Convention in Kasarani on May 6, 2017. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

In March President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoyed a 51 percent support but this has dropped slightly to 49 percent this month. The study shows that Raila may have benefited from the support from the Undecideds who dropped from 20 percent in March to 10 percent in May.

Raila who has unsuccessfully vied for presidency three times, is now just 9 percent behind Uhuru in the presidential race, after trailing far behind in opinion polls for the better part of the last two years. Raila, at some point, was down to 26 percent while Uhuru’s peak was 56 percent.

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This poll is the first since the ODM leader was named the Nasa flagbearer at a rally in Uhuru Park in Nairobi on 27 April, following months of internal negotiations.

The latest poll by RAG was conducted by Computer Aided Telephone Interview (CATI) between May 2 and 14 with 3,430 respondents over 18 years in 28 counties. The poll carries a 1.7 percent margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

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