According to a recent TIFA poll, the majority of Kenyans believe that William Ruto won the Presidential elections in August 2022.
The poll revealed that Ruto received more votes than Raila Odinga, with a margin of 48% to 37%.
However, the split between Ruto and Odinga supporters on this matter is evident, with almost equal numbers having different opinions on the issue (75% vs. 71%).
Furthermore, the poll highlights that an equivalent proportion of those who voted for Odinga are unconvinced that he won.
This suggests that Odinga’s claims that his victory was stolen have not been entirely persuasive even among his followers.
The margin of error for the poll was ±2.12%, and data was collected through face-to-face interviews at the household level.
The interviews were conducted mainly in Swahili and English and took place in nine regions across the country: Central Rift, Coast, Lower Eastern, Mt Kenya, Nairobi, Northern, Nyanza, South Rift, and Western.
Former IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati declared William Ruto the President-elect on August 15 after he defeated Raila and two other candidates in the August 9 poll.
Ruto got 7.1 million votes, while Raila Odinga received 6.9 million. However, Raila contested the results and filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging Ruto’s win, claiming the results were “null and void.”
Nevertheless, the petition was dismissed, and the Supreme Court confirmed Ruto’s victory in the August 9 election. Chief Justice Martha Koome announced that Ruto had garnered the majority vote required to win the Presidency.
Azimio’s Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, mentioned that he accepted Ruto’s disputed win due to the fear of post-election violence and potential international criminal court charges.