Poll: Raila and Uhuru in tight race

Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his deputy Uhuru Kenyatta at a past event. FILE
By NATION Reporter  ( email the author)

Posted  Tuesday, February 26   2013 at  19:00

Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta are locked in a neck and neck race heading into the last five days of Monday's General Election.

According to three opinion polls commissioned by the Nation Media Group, a run off between Mr Odinga of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) and Mr Kenyatta (Jubilee) is inevitable.

The polls show that Mr Odinga would win during the second round of voting, largely benefitting from Musalia Mudavadi's supporters. Mr Mudavadi of the Amani coalition is tipped to claim third position in the March 4 General Election.

Pollster Consumer Insight places Mr Odinga popularity at 46.8pc with Mr Kenyatta approval rating at 44.3pc. Mr Mudavadi manages 4.2pc.

According to Strategic Research, Mr Odinga would garner 45.7pc of the votes cast while Mr Kenyatta would manage 43.8pc). Mr Mudavadi would attract 5.7pc

Infotrak Research and Consulting reported that Mr Odinga would get 46.0pc with his closest challenger Mr Kenyatta polling 44.5pc. Mr Mudavadi would manage 4.3pc.

In the event of a run off, Cord's Odinga would win with Consumer Insight reporting that he would amass 50.6pc of the vote against Mr Kenyatta's 46.3pc.

In the Strategic Research poll, Mr Odinga would get 51.7pc in the second round compared to Mr Kenyatta's 45.7pc.

Infotrak Research and Consulting predicts a Mr Odinga run off win with the Cord presidential candidate garnering 49.5pc against Mr Kenyatta's 47.2pc.

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