The high cost of living is on top of serious problems facing Kenyans after corruption and unemployment according to a new poll.
The poll by Ipsos Synovate, which was conducted between March 28th and April 7th this year, shows that 26 per cent of the 1,964 people interviewed were concerned about inflation, followed by corruption (19 per cent) and unemployment (16 per cent).
HIGH LEVELS OF POVERTY
Poverty remains a huge challenge for a significant number of Kenyans with 78% saying there is poverty in their area.
44% of households in Kenya earn less than 10,000 shillings a month while 33% earn between 10,000 and 25,000 shillings, with Only 6% Kenyans earning more than 40,000 shillings.
Eight-in-ten Kenyans (78%) of those sampled in the report said that poverty exists in their locality, with two in every five (43%) respondents (households) stating that they do not get enough food to eat every day.
COUNTRY HEADED IN WRONG DIRECTION
52 per cent of those interviewed are not happy with the direction the country is headed with only 29 per cent saying that the country is heading in the right direction.
When dived along political party affiliations, the opinions differed with Jubilee supporters expressing a higher level of confidence in the government compared to those allied to Cord.
According to the poll, 41 per cent of Jubilee supporters said the country was headed in the right direction, compared to 35 per cent who disagreed. Among Cord supporters, by contrast, 74 per cent said they thought the country was headed in the wrong direction compared to 35 per cent who disagreed.
The results of the latest poll are somehow parallel to a similar poll by the same firm, conducted between August and September last year. In the later poll, Kenyans had also identified the high cost of living and unemployment as the two most serious problems facing the country.