Raila and Ruto at a past event.

DP Ruto’s Popularity Drops as Raila Is Ranked Most Preferred Presidential Candidate

Deputy President William Ruto’s popularity as the most preferred presidential candidate has dropped by a massive 12 percent within the last 12 months, a new survey has shown.

The survey by Infotrak puts the DPs popularity at 32 percent, down from 44 percent that he polled almost a year ago.

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was ranked as the most preferred presidential candidate at 33 percent.

This is a 20 percent gain for the former Prime Minister. He had 13 percent popularity in 2020.

According to I Infotrak Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho, Raila’s rise in popularity can be linked to his recent declaration that he will be vying for the presidency.

The poll was conducted between December 17 and December 22, 2021, where 1,600 respondents were interviewed.

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In terms of support per region for the presidency, DP Ruto scored 42 percent in Central Kenya and 32 percent in Nairobi.

Raila had 16 percent support in Central Kenya and 28 percent in Nairobi. The two regions have been billed as key battlegrounds for the presidency between the two – considered the front runners.

UDA headquarters in Nairobi.

DP Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA), however, remains the most popular party, according to the polls, with 33 percent popularity.

ODM follows closely with 32 percent popularity – of the 1,600 respondents that were interviewed in the survey.

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The survey also revealed that over half of the respondents (52 percent) want One Kenya Alliance (OKA) dissolved, and the principals support either Raila or Ruto.

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