IPSOS poll: Ruto most preferred presidential candidate

Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office. [DPPS]

Deputy President William Ruto would win the presidency if elections were held today, a new IPOS survey indicates.

Ruto according to the IPSOS poll, reports the Star, clearly, is the favourite candidate to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The poll conducted between March 4 and 12 shows 33 per cent of those interviewed were optimistic Ruto would win.

The opinion polls suggest that Ruto would be followed by three other candidates; Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Raila Odinga who all tied at 14 per cent.

Others are ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi who came in third at 8 per cent, while Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka came in at fourth position with a joint 6 per cent.

A total of 2,003 respondents took part in the survey with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 per cent.

The DP has steered clear of his 2022 ambitions asking political players in both divides to focus on delivering services to the people.

However, insiders within his circle say he has been reaching out to other leaders from the opposition and wooing him to his camp in readiness of 2022 polls.

Ruto who has a vivid history of mobilization has been hosting high level delegations which according to the Star are a roadmap to how he will achieve his ambition come 2022.

The report further shows that Uhuru enjoys a 50 per cent positive approval rating by Kenyans in the in the last three months. Education, infrastructure and the recent Cabinet appointments are among reasons which compounded his 50 per cent positive rating in terms of performance.

However, 40 per cent of the respondents said they were not happy with his performance in the last three months. They cited corruption, hefty debts and a struggling economy.