Standard Group and TIFA on August 8, 2017 conducted Kenya’s first ever exit poll covering seven counties; Nairobi, Kajiado, Uasin Gishu, Bungoma, Bomet, Kisii and Meru.
Unemployment, cost of living, corruption and crime/terrorism are major issues respondents said should be addressed by the president immediately after elections.
Development agenda, desire for change, ethnicity and manifesto were major factors considered during voting.
Majority of the voters arrived at polling stations as from 4.00am to 7.00am, where most of them ended up spending up to 4 hours before voting.
87% said there will be peace after elections, 10% said peace unlikely, 1% refused to answer while 4% don’t know.
57% of voters said there will be peace during and after the elections, 15% said peace unlikely, 5% refused to answer while 23% don’t know.
Cost of living, education and unemployment are key issues voters said president should address immediately after elections.
Most voters considered development agenda , desire for change and manifesto while deciding on who to vote for.
Those who said elections were credible and transparent were 80%, 13% not credible, 2% don’t know while 2% refused to answer.
Majority of the voters in the county mentioned manifesto, desire for change and ethnicity as some of the key factors determining who to vote for as president.
Unemployment, roads and water were some of the things voters said should be given priority immediately after elections.
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An election exit poll is one that is conducted immediately after voters have exited the polling stations with an objective of finding out how the respondents voted but more specifically, understand respondents demographics, voters experience at the polling centre, main reasons why they voted for a particular candidate in Gubernatorial and Presidential positions and understand when they made a decision to vote for their favorite candidates.
Majority of the voters arrived at polling stations as from 4.00am to 10.00am.
29% of voters were voting for the first time while 71% said they had participated in other elections before.
Concerning the fairness and transparency of the elections, 76 percent strongly believed that the elections were fair enough, 16% said not fair, 7% didn’t know while 1% refused to answer.
Cost of living, unemployment and education are some of the serious problems voters felt the president should address immediately after elections.
Voters who were interviewed mentioned high cost of living, corruption and unemployment as some of the most serious problems that must be addressed immediately after elections.
Most respondents said they were voting depending on development agenda of the candidates.
26% of voters in the county said they were voting for the first time while 74% had voted in previous elections.
82% of the interviewed voters said the elections are free and fair, 14% said elections not fair, 4% said they don’t know while 1% refused to answer.
Out of the 560 voters interviewed, 28% said they were voting for the first time while 72% had voted before. Majority of the first time voters were female at 55%.
The voters had hope of maintaining peace during and after the polls, had confidence that the elections were free and fair.
Track record/ development agenda, manifestos and desire for change were some of the key factors being considered during the elections.