Nairobi Governor Sonko Ranked Third Most Popular Presidential Candidate - Poll

  • Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua (l), Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (c) and President Uhuru Kenyatta File
  • Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko, is the third most popular presidential candidate according to the latest polls carried out by Insight Strategists Solutions (ISS).

    Sonko garnered 12.8 per cent of the total votes, coming only second to Raila Odinga who came in at number two with 27.5 per cent, and DP William Ruto who claimed top spot with 30.81 per cent.

    ISS Head of Research Peter Macharia released the opinion poll at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi on June 16, 2019.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (r) and President Uhuru Kenyatta

    "If Elections were held today, William Ruto would be the most preferred candidate followed by Raila and Nairobi Governor Sonko coming in at number three," he remarked.

    The poll body had carried out a joint nationwide survey that sought to establish the awareness of the political alliances amongst Kenyans and whether they support their formation.

    A sample of 1702 respondents from all the regions within the country was interviewed to represent the Kenyan registered voter population of 19 million, translating into a margin of error of -/+ 2.5 at 95% degree of confidence. 

    Sonko took a surprise lead against veteran politicians such as Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka who came in at fourth and fifth respectively.

    Baringo Senator, Gideon Moi came in at 7th with 2.7 per cent, more than double the tally attained by Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua (0.9%) and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho (0.8%).

    Interestingly, Sonko's main supporters were aged between 18-29, accounting for 38% of his total tally, while DP Ruto's stronghold belonged in the 30-44 age bracket, accounting for 37.5% of his final tally.

    On the other hand, ODM party leader, Raila's main supporters were aged between 45-64, accounting for 33.5% of his total tally.

    Sonko also managed to surprisingly pip all other candidates in terms of votes cast in the greater eastern region with 34%.

    6.8% of the sample size was undecided as to their prefered candidate when it came to the 2022 general elections.

    ISS's Peter Macharia speaking during the release of the poll results. June 16, 2019