10 July 2013

Kenya: Support for ICC Drops - Poll

Photo: Lex van Lieshout/ICC-CPI/ANP
Initial appearance: Deputy President William Samoei Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey and Joshua Arap Sang before the ICC.

Only 35 per cent of Kenyans support the ICC process, a 15 per cent drop from last year when 50 per cent of the country had confidence in the trials at the Hague. This is according to an opinion survey released by the Ipsos Synovate opinion survey firm.

The report has also revealed that 39 per cent of Kenyans still prefer the criminal charges against the President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and former radio personality Joshua Sang to be tried at the International Criminal Court, as opposed to 32 per cent who would prefer is a local tribunal was set up to hear the cases.

In the survey 29 percent of respondents prefered that there should be no trial at all. On a question of awareness of the land issues detailed in the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission, 33 per cent said they were aware, but only 39 per cent of the respondents felt tribunal was worth the investment made in the report.

The survey looked into confidence of Kenyans on particular institutions and persons and found that 51 per cent of Kenyans are confident in the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta while a further 48 per cent feel confident in Deputy President William Ruto.

Other institutions scored scored as follows: media 46 per cent, the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission 32 per cent, members of the National Assembly 17 per cent and the Police force 14 per cent.

This latest survey also revealed that 66 per cent of respondents are confident the Jubilee government will deliver on the laptop project, while 45 per cent of those interviewed said that the Jubilee government will deliver on health care.

Respondents however raised several issues that they felt need to be addressed. 54 per cent of Kenyans feel that the high cost of living needs to be tackled while 21 per cent feel that the unemployment rate needs to be addressed. A further seven per cent said that crime and insecurity needs to be looked into.

In the report also, 49 per cent of Kenyans said that the household economic condition has worsened, while 34 per cent said it is the same since the coming into power of the Jubilee government. 16 per cent however felt that the household economic condition has improved.

The opinion poll was conducted between 23 and 30 June, with a population sample of 2,000 respondents living in urban and rural areas. The margin-of-error for the self funded survey by Ipsos was plus or minus 2.2 with a confidence level of 95 per cent.

Data for the survey was gathered through face-to-face interviews using hand held devices (smart phones) from respondents who were Kenyan nationals aged 18 years and above.

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