With almost all anti-corruption investigations/cases still in-progress, it is far too early to know whether the results of this Ipsos survey related to this issue represent only a ‘snap-shot in time’ or a more enduring portrait of public perception. In particular, successful prosecutions, especially of more well-known public officials, would likely substantially increase public confidence in current anti-corruption efforts and in those most closely associated with them.
However, one fact that does emerge is the split or dichotomy in values evidently held by many voters. This is evident in the fact that, by far, most Kenyans consider that corrupt people cannot be ‘good leaders’. Yet most public figures associated (whether correctly or otherwise) with current corruption scandals are elected officials, with many of them having achieved electoral success even after their names were linked (through media reports) to such scandals. Perhaps this reflects one reality of democracy: that (at least where elections are free and fair) the voting public get the leaders they deserve.
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Q1 National SPEC Survey, 2018
State officials themselves, rather than errant/criminal elements within the wider society, are deemed responsible for most rights and constitutional violations. Support for devolution remains high, even if doubts continue to increase about the counties’ capacity to provide medical services on their own. China overtakes the US as the ‘most favored nation’ among Kenyans, even if its negative ratings stem almost entirely from its economic muscle – the very factor that has allowed it to become such a valued partner in Kenya’s development.
Kenyans Unwavering Support for the Handshake!
Majority of Kenyans (80%) still support the March 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga; though this support is slightly lower in Central, Rift Valley and Western regions. The main reason for the support of the handshake is that it has brought about peace and unity in the (86%) and eased political tensions in the country.