Tim Wanyonyi Nairobi’s favourite Governor, not Sakaja, new poll reveals

A new poll has revealed Westlands Member of Parliament (MP) Tim Wanyonyi remains Nairobi’s favourite Gubernatorial choice.

The poll has placed the ODM politician ahead of six other potential favourites for the top City Hall seat.

The survey released on January 26 by Politrack Africa, revealed that Tim Wanyonyi would be voted by a strong 41.4 per cent of Nairobians as their preferred Governor.

Incumbent Johnson Sakaja, would be voted to second position by 33.1 per cent as their preferred choice for Governor.

The survey, conducted between January 2 and 5, 2024, places Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili popularly known as Babu Owino as Nairobian’s third preferred leader for Governor with a 12.0 per cent support.

Last election’s Azimio’s choice Polycarp Igathe, Chamber of Commerce President Richard Ngatia and former Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero followed in that order with 3.5%, 2.2% and 1.4% rating.

However, another 6.2 per cent of Nairobians said it was too early for election campaigns.

Nairobi County, according to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), has a total of 2,415,310 registered voters as at 2022 elections.

The Opinion poll was conducted throughout the 85 Wards in Nairobi County with a sample size of n=1,065 and a margin of errorr +/ – 3% at 95% confidence level. At least 53 per cent polled were male while 47 per cent were female.

“The data outlined in this document is collected at ward level and aggregates done on the parameters used.  The data presented herein represents pure opinions from people of Nairobi County in regards to the survey questions asked,” said Politrack Africa in a statement contained in the released survey.

Also, the survey revealed that at least 48.3 per cent of Nairobians gave a positive rating of Governor Sakaja’s performance, but only 36.4% would consider voting him back based on his track record.

“While focusing on the performance of your current Governor, and if given a chance, would you consider voting him back?” the respondents were asked.

Those not sure if they could vote for Sakaja again polled at 16.9% while majority, at 46.7% said they would not vote for him.

At the same time, 48.6% of Nairobians said they would relect Senator Edwin Sifuna while 54.7% said they will still support Woman Representative Esther Passaris.

Best performing MPs in Nairobi County.

At the Count level, Senator Sifuna was ranked as the best performing elected leader at 66.0%, followed by Passaris (49.4%), Sakaja (48.3%), Deputy Governor James Muchiri (31.2%) while County Assembly Speaker managed 25.7% ranking.

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi was rakned as the best performing elected Nairobi MP with a 77.1% approval, followed by Babu Owino (71.6%), John Kiarie came third with 68.3% while Langata MP Felix Odiwuor aka Jalango was the worst ranked managing only 40.8%.

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