Opposition Leader Raila won 60 percent over Uhuru’s 40 percent on twitter… opinion polls sanctioned by lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi
Cord leader Raila Odinga won President Uhuru Kenyatta in a twitter opinion poll sanctioned by lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi on Tuesday.
In the poll, 60 percent of the lawyer’s followers who voted confirmed Raila won and they will back Raila if an election for the presidency were held today.
At least 40 percent of the ‘voters’, said they will back Uhuru for a second term.
“When Polls closed. A total of 7,012 voters cast their votes. Uhuru 40%…Raila 60%,” Ahmednasir said, “This is a scientific polling…don’t worry…no rigging here…”
Senators, journalists, politicians are among those who took part in the poll which stirred heated debate on the lawyer’s timeline.
The results re-ignited the conversation on the credibility of opinion polls in the country, which most commentators dismissed as a sham.
“@ahmednasirlaw current results makes one wonder about the recently released opinion poll on the same?” Esther Passaris, Nairobi businesswoman, said.
If election for president of the Republic of kenya was called for today whom would you vote for
— Ahmednasir Abdullahi (@ahmednasirlaw) December 27, 2016
Other users said the poll was not scientific therefore unreliable while others claimed that the polls were being re-tweeted by Cord supporters.
“Tired argument. Do your research better,” former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth said.
Journalist James Smart said: “@ahmednasirlaw your poll is more reliable than Ipsos,”
In a quick rejoinder, Ahmednasir said: “@jamessmat …and I can confess that 65 to 70% of my Kenyan twitter followers identify themselves as ‘Jubilee’…”
The opinion poll was heavily criticized and endorsed by users in equal measure, with others saying it does not reflect the situation ahead of the 2017 general election.
“The fact that, the likes of @jamessmat have re-tweeted this and his followers are Corded, makes your poll null and void,” a user said.
Khaemba Peter said: “Retweeting doesn’t interfere with the results. It only widens the sample space which makes it more reliable,”
Another user Brian Amecha said: “The same opinion polls misled the US that Clinton was favourite over Trump and my choice should remain a secret brush, not so?”
Opinion poll companies top among Them Ipsos, Infotrack etc usually samples an average of 2000-3000 correspondents. Lawyer Ahmednassir sampled a total of over 7000 where Raila scooped 60% against Uhuru’s 40% said Phelix G
“@ahmednasirlaw @IpsosKe Now this is Real Opinion Polls. All people represented. A true reflection of the desire and will of Kenyan people,” a user identified as Justus said.