62 percent of Kenyans say country is headed in the wrong direction

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A total of 62% of Kenyans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction according to a survey conducted by InfoTrak.

In the report released on Tuesday, a high number of these Kenyans attributed their claims to key issues of concern facing the nation including high costs of living, high taxes and high unemployment rates.

Others cited poor governance from leaders, bad politics, calamities such as drought and poverty, corruption, poor education quality, poor infrastructure and unequal distribution of jobs.

In the survey which covered all 8 regions in the nation,  63% in the Coast said that the nation is at a nosediving state, 48% in Noth Eastern, 66% in Eastern, 52% in Central, 54% in Rift Valley, 66% in Western, 75% in Nyanza and 62% in Nairobi averaging to a collective 62%.

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In distribution by age and gender, 63% of those who participated in the survey were male citizens while 61% were women.

Of these, 56% were Kenyans aged 18-26, 27-35 (63%), 36-45 (63%), 46-55 (61%) and over 55 at 61%. 

On the other hand, however, 22% of Kenyans believe that the nation is heading in the right direction as there is peace and harmony, others noted that the executive is working and others stated that the economy is growing and the cost of living is affordable.

Other reasons they gave were that the president is God fearing, improved education, taxes are being remitted as compared to the previous regime, their candidate in power and healthcare is improving.

Of these, 23% were male and 20% were female. 

Another 15% of Kenyans were undecided in the survey while 2% did not know and 0.2% did not give a response.

The survey was conducted between February 21 to 24 covering all the 47 counties and 8 regions of Kenya, “to ensure national representativeness, the distribution of the survey sample across the regions was proportionately allocated.”

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