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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Foreign Countries and Kenya’s Development
While the President broke a record of sorts meeting three leaders in a span of one week, it will be the outcome of the meetings that Kenyans should be interested in…the meetings have presented Kenya with an opportunity to perhaps get the best from the antagonist ends that is [sic] the West and the East – with the US and UK as the epitome of Western influence. China represents the East.
Awareness of Current Corruption Scandals
This report is the result of Ipsos’ 2nd Quarter national SPEC household survey conducted between 25th July and 2nd August, 2018. The survey covered a broad range of economic, political and other subjects in addition to the main focus included here: the governance issue of corruption. While much of the data relates to issues and events that continue to unfold, the recent intense media and public attention on corruption exposures and investigations suggests the utility of releasing these results first.