Parliament has overtaken the Kenya Police Service as the most unpopular public institution. The latest Ipsos Synovate poll released yesterday shows that Parliament has 41 per cent approval rating against the police, who scored 42 per cent.
Traditionally police has held that title. The media and President Kibaki have been voted as the most popular. The 10th Parliament closed down two weeks ago.
The MPs voted themselves hefty send off packages with state funerals, bodyguards and access to VIP lounges for themselves and their spouses. President Kibaki however refused to sign the bill.
Kenya Defence Forces was voted as the second most favoured institution. The force has in the past one year been holed up in Somalia fighting the al Shabaab insurgents.
High cost of living, lack of employment and insecurity - in that order - are the top three problems affecting Kenyans. Kenyans are least worried about election violence, poverty and tribalism in that order.
They said bad leadership (22 per cent), corruption (20 per cent), discrimination (14 per cent) and insecurity (11 per cent) were the main obstacles to development.
The least obstacles are international economic forces, witchcraft, hot climate, infertile soil and high population growth in that order. Ninety per cent of those polled support IEBC. Eighty four per cent said they will vote in the general election and 71 per cent said there will be no post-election violence.
The poll sample size was 5,895 registered voters. It was conducted face-to-face between January 12 and 20 on a random basis in 27 counties. The sampling error was plus or minus 1.28.