53 per cent of Kenyans believe that their economic situation has deteriorated since President William Ruto assumed office, the latest TIFA report has revealed.
The survey, conducted between September 8-10, involved a nationally representative sample spanning nine zones in Kenya; Central Rift, Coast, Lower Eastern, Mt. Kenya, Nairobi, Northern, Nyanza, South Rift, and Western. A total of 1,007 respondents were interviewed.
The findings reveal that 21 per cent of respondents reported a change in their lives, while 26 per cent stated that their situation remained unchanged.
In regions considered pro-government, 41 per cent of respondents felt that their lives had worsened, with 34 per cent seeing an improvement, and 25 per cent perceiving no change in their economic circumstances.
In contrast, respondents from regions traditionally associated with the opposition expressed a higher level of dissatisfaction, with 70 per cent feeling that their economic situation had worsened, while only seven per cent noted improvement. Among those who did not align with any political movement, 56 per cent believed their lives had deteriorated.
"Comparing their personal/household economic situation with that of one year ago, only one-fifth of Kenyans consider that it has improved (21 per cent), with most of the rest judging it to have gotten worse (53 per cent)," TIFA said in the report.
"However, even if a plurality of government supporters likewise hold this negative view (41 per cent), far more Opposition supporters do so (70 per cent), which also applies to those professing no political alignment (56 per cent)," TIFA added.
The research was conducted through telephonic interviews, mainly in Swahili and English, with respondents whose contact information was obtained from previous face-to-face household interviews.