24 February 2013

Kenya: Voters Say Presidential Debate Beneficial to Kenyans

Presidential candidates engaged each other on the second debate with only six days left to the general elections. ( Resource: Kenya's Second Presidential Debate )

Ninety three percent of registered voters feel presidential debates are beneficial to Kenyans, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos Synovate.

Out of the entire 5,971 voters polled, 85 percent said they will listen or watch the final debate on Monday, while 3 percent said no and 11 percent reported that they were unsure.

The poll, which was administered from February 15-19, polled 5,971 registered voters in face to face house interviews, asking Kenyans how they viewed or listened to the debate.

Sixty-four percent of registered voters watched the debate which aired nationally on television networks and radio stations on February 11.

Out of the 3,795 respondents who answered whether they listened to the debate on radio or watched it on TV, 93 percent said they watched it live on television while 83 percent viewed it from home.

According to an earlier phone survey conducted by Ipsos Synovate after the first presidential debate, 40 percent of Kenyans who watched the debate said they will vote for Jubilee Aliance's Uhuru Kenyatta in the March 4th elections, while 33 percent said they will vote for CORD's Raila Odinga.

Seven percent of the respondents said they will vote for Peter Kenneth of the Eagle Alliance, four percent for Amani's Musalia Mudavadi, and two percent for Martha Karua, while seven percent of the respondents were still undecided and six percent did not respond to the survey.

On debate performance, 37 percent of the respondents thought Uhuru won the debate while 23 percent thought Odinga performed best.

Ipsos Synovate Senior Researcher Tom Wolf however cautioned that the survey was not scientific as it was only conducted among those who watched the debate and should therefore not be used to make a conclusion on the candidate who is leading nationally.

It's still not clear whether Jubilee Alliance presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta will be involved in the second debates, after the Jubilee campaign team wrote a letter to the secretariat organising the debates, claiming that the moderators focused too much attention on Kenyatta and his issues at the Hague.

We will be streaming the live debate on Capital FM radio, on our website www.capitalfm.co.ke and live tweet on our handle @CapitalFM_Kenya.

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