TIFA: Here are three key issues Kenyans want Ruto to address

President William Ruto addressing residents of Migori County on March 25, 2023. [Caleb Kingwara, Standard]

The high cost of living, hunger and unemployment are the three major problems Kenyans are facing in their daily lives, says an opinion poll by TIFA.

Other problems highlighted by the survey respondents are infrastructure and water connection.

Forty-eight (48) per cent of the respondents said that their major problem was the high cost of living, followed by hunger and drought (25 per cent) and unemployment (13 per cent).

Some 3 per cent said infrastructure and water problems had significantly affected their lives.

Hunger problems were prevalent in northern and lower eastern parts of the country. Residents of South Rift, Western and the Coast regions said they were experiencing serious hardship as a result of the cost of basic commodities.

The report also stated that respondents who identified themselves as Azimio supporters revealed they "slept hungry" compared to those who indicated that they support the Kenya Kwanza administration.

The TIFA survey found that one in every five people in Kenya has slept hungry in recent times.

The study's findings on how Kenyans' perceive President William Ruto's administration were reflected on the major problems that they highlighted.

Seventy-one (71) per cent said the high cost of living was a problem that President Ruto's administration should address urgently.

Forty-nine (49 per cent) said the government should find a way of creating more jobs. Twenty-two (22) per cent, on the other hand, said President Ruto should fix the education system's challenges. Government spending (19 per cent), improving security (16 per cent), reducing corruption and improving agriculture (14 per cent each) and undertaking infrastructure development (10 per cent) were the other improvement areas highlighted by the respondents.

At the same time, the survey highlighted areas that Kenyans believed were achievements by the Kenya Kwanza administration.

Launching the Hustler Fund, subsidising cost of fertiliser, enhancing national unity and improving security were some of the achievements the respondents highlighted.

The survey was conducted between March 11 and March 19, 2023. The respondents, who were 2,065, were randomly selected across Kenya.

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