A recent poll by TIFA showed that William Ruto’s popularity is slowly dropping as that of ODM leader Raila Odinga keeps rising as the two presidential front-runners gear up for titanic battel in August 2022.
The poll showed that William Ruto enjoys 38 percent popularity among voters while his main opponent Raila Odinga has 23 percent.
Even though Ruto’s ratings are still higher than Raila Odinga, the Deputy president witnessed a drop from 39 percent support that he enjoyed when TIFA conducted similar research in June.
On the other hand, Raila’s popularity rose up from 8 percent in June to 23 percent in November when TIFA released the recent research findings.
One of the things that has been attributed to the drop in William Ruto’s popularity is the millions that he has been ditching during his campaigns.
The money has wreaked havoc among William Ruto’s supporters and politicians allied to UDA Party.
There have been accusations that William Ruto’s handlers are eloping with the money, and some say that Ruto does not give out the cash after promising.
Another factor that has led to the drop of the second in command is the nullification of the BBI by the Court of Appeal on August 20.
Condemnation of the BBI was William Ruto’s strong campaign messages that had earned him dalliance among supporters.
Also, William Ruto’s refusal to form a coalition with small parties from Mt Kenya region led to the decline in his popularity.
This resulted into his strong supporters such as Moses Kuria and Mwangi Kiunjuri toning down on popularizing his 2022 bid.
Political analysts also opine that William Ruto’s main opponent Raila Odinga has taken his campaigns a notch higher, hence weakening Ruto’s bottom up economic approach.
They argue that William Ruto has nothing new to tell prospective voters in the campaign trail since the bottom up has become a cliché.