Personal hopes for 2018 and most serious current problem in your locality

While the vast majority of Kenyans hope for some sort of material advancement during the coming year, the specifics vary considerably, reflecting especially such factors as (a) current employment status and (b) age-grouping.

Personal hopes for 2018 and most serious current problem in your locality

The author(s)

  • Hilda Kiritu Ipsos Public Affairs, Kenya
  • Tom Wolf Research Analyst
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Kenyans Expectations

 

A. Personal Aspirations for 2018

While the vast majority of Kenyans hope for some sort of material advancement during the coming year, the specifics vary considerably, reflecting especially such factors as (a) current employment status and (b) age-grouping.

B. Most Serious Problem in the Locality

In the same vein, most frequent mentions of the most serious problem in the locality relate to the general or personal/household economy, and the same ones that have persisted over recent years: the high cost of living, hunger/drought, and unemployment. At the same time, several governance ills (e.g., crime, corruption) also receive significant mentions. In regional terms, however, there is considerable variation. Perhaps most striking, Kenyans across the political divide largely share the same concerns about such local these are less evident in terms of political alignment.

C. Expectations for 2018 Regarding 10 Public Issues

  • Positive expectations for the coming year (i.e., that they will be “better” than they were in 2017) range from a high for development at the county level, to a low for reducing corruption. Indeed, it is only with regard to the latter out of the ten policy-areas covered that more Kenyans expect the coming year to be “worse” than the last.
  • At the same time, such views regarding such prospects for 2018 reveal a marked split in terms of the country’s main political divide (i.e., Jubilee vs. NASA supporters).

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The author(s)

  • Hilda Kiritu Ipsos Public Affairs, Kenya
  • Tom Wolf Research Analyst

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