Just weeks after the National Super Alliance (NASA) named him its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga is eating into President Uhuru Kenyatta’s popularity in the Rift Valley.
A recent study suggests that the ODM leader’s ratings have been going up, and steadily so, affecting Jubilee Party say in the vote-rich region.
The latest statistics, courtesy of Radio Africa Group, perhaps shows the effects of the onslaught Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has launched in the region since becoming the fifth principal of the Opposition coalition.
Apart from the Governor, other members of what has been christened Nasa’s Pentagon include the flag bearer Raila Odinga (ODM), Kalonzo Musyoka of Wiper, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula who is the leader of Ford Kenya.
In Bomet county, Raila would scoop 28 per cent of total votes against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s 71 per cent, if elections were to happen today.
In Trans Nzoia, 41 per cent of people polled said they would vote for Uhuru while 30 per cent would cast their votes in favour of Raila. However, twenty nine per cent are still undecided.
In Narok, the Opposition honcho has 33 per cent while Uhuru’s following stands at 61 per cent with six per cent being undecided.
In Nakuru, Raila and Uhuru are looking at 23 and 61 per cent backing in that order, although six per cent of the residents are yet to decide.
In Nandi however, the former prime minister still has a daunting task ahead as Uhuru enjoys an overwhelming 90 per cent support there.
In Kajiado, where former police boss Joseph Ole Lenku recently won the Jubilee ticket for the Governor race, Uhuru enjoys the support of 74 per cent of the residents while Raila Odinga is backed by only 21 per cent.
Then there is Kericho county where Raila is trailing Uhuru with 16 per cent support compared to the President’s 75 per cent. 64 per cent of voters said they will rally behind Uhuru in Uasin Gishu.
The RAG poll used telephone Interviews in which 764 residents of Rift Valley counties were interviewed. The region has more than four million registered voters.