Wednesday, August 08, 2007

51 Per Cent of Kenyans Are Ready For Woman President

Half of Kenyans ready for woman President

By Standard Reporters

Kenyans are ready to be governed by a female President.

This is the voice of 51 per cent of Kenyans polled in the latest survey.

Health minister, Mrs Charity Ngilu, emerged as the preferred female presidential candidate with 61 per cent followed by Nazlin Umar with 12 per cent and Mrs Beth Mugo garnering seven per cent.

Other female candidates Kenyans prefer are First lady, Lucy Kibaki, who got four per cent, MP Jane Kihara and Ms Martha Karua at two per cent each.

Nominated MP, Ms Njoki Ndung’u, former minister, Ms Lina Kilimo and Ms Betty Tett got one per cent each.

Ngilu whose fortune seems to rise in the latest polls also emerged as the most influential women leader with Karua being the least inspiring.

Ngilu was voted the most inspiring with six per cent, Umar, five per cent while Prof Wangari Maathai and Dr Julia Ojiambo each got four percent. Karua got three per cent.

The poll was conducted by Infotrak Research and Consulting and Harris Interactive Global, in conjunction with the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD-Kenya).

Kenya’s Infotrak became the newest affiliate member of the Harris Interactive Global Network of market research companies. The partnership was launched yesterday by the American Ambassador, Mr Michael Rannerberger.

Harris interactive is the 12th largest market research firm in the world and is widely known for the Harris poll, which is the viewed as the most authoritative opinion poll in America and Europe.

The Infotrak-Harris Poll randomly sampled 2,400 respondents of various ages, both gender and different socio-economic profiles. Companies are raking in millions in opinion poll research with the latest figure standing at Sh3 billion generated this year alone.

Opinion polls have become to politicians what the stock market is to the financial analyst.

Conservative projections put the total amount of money set aside by political players and associated organisations for opinion polls at about Sh1 billion.

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