Poll: Raila and Uhuru in neck and neck race

Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right) and his deputy Uhuru Kenyatta (left) in this file picture. Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta are locked in a neck and neck race for the presidency, latest opinion polls show February 19, 2013.
By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU  ( email the author)

Posted  Tuesday, February 19   2013 at  19:01
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Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his deputy Uhuru Kenyatta are locked in a neck and neck race for the presidency.

According to three surveys commissioned by the Nation Media Group and conducted between February 14 and February 17, Mr Odinga is ahead, Mr Kenyatta comes second while Musalia Mudavadi comes a distant third.

Consumer Insight, Strategic Research and PR and Infotrak Research and Consulting, released the separate studies showing that none of the two candidates will marshal the support of more than half of the 14.3 million registered voters in the country.

According to Consumer Insight, Mr Odinga of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy will win with 45 per cent of the votes. 

Mr Kenyatta of Jubilee Coalition will get 43 per cent, while Mr Mudavadi will get five per cent. Eagle coalition presidential candidate Peter Kenneth will get 3 per cent, while Narc-Kenya’s presidential candidate Martha Karua will only win the support of 1 per cent of the voters. Two per cent of the voters are undecided.

For its part, Strategic Research found out that Mr Odinga will defeat Mr Kenyatta by a narrow margin. Strategic Research predicts that Mr Odinga will win with 44.4 per cent, while Mr Kenyatta will come second with 43.9 per cent. Mr Mudavadi will get 6.4 per cent of the votes, Mr Kenneth 2.8 per cent, and Ms Karua will get 1.9 per cent.

Infotrak Research and Consulting predicted Mr Odinga will win with 45.9 per cent, while Mr Kenyatta will come second with 44.4 per cent.

Mr Mudavadi comes third with six per cent, Mr Kenneth follows with 1.9 per cent, Prof Kiyiapi 0.3 per cent, Ms Karua 0.2 per cent.

The General Election will be held on March 4.

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