•Poll shows 51percent says Mandago’s first year a failure, 49 percent say success
•Mandago enjoys high overall approval rating but struggles on certain issues
•Infrastructure, Unemployment and Health Care Provision are top issues concerning residents
•46 percent of those polled say Mandago has not been Diplomatic and Open to ideas enough
Uasin Gishu County— Uasin Gishu County residents are giving Governor Jackson Mandago a split decision on his first year in office, according to an online poll released Tuesday.
Fifty One percent of people questioned in an Online/Opinion research survey said Mandago’s Governorship has been a failure so far, while Fourty Nine percent of respondents said the year has been a success.
The poll’s release comes just a day after Mandago marked one year at the helm of the County.The survey indicated that Mandago’s approval rating as president stands at 51 percent,down 11 points from last year, with 49 percent disapproving, up 10 points from Last year.
“On the plus side for Mandago, he remains personally popular, and he gets decent ratings on Agricultural policy and restoring order in the City of Champions. That may explain why his overall approval rating is a little higher than the number who say Mandago’s first year has been a success,” Eldoret Post Polling Kimutai Korir said.
“Unfortunately for Mandago, Unemployment and Infrastructure issues are far more important to the public than town cleaning policy issues and a majority disapprove of how he is distributing County jobs.”
According to the survey, Infrastructure/road network by far remains issue number one with Uasin Gishu residents, with 60 percent saying it is the most important issue facing the county today.
Health care, with 36 percent, is the second most important issue with the residents. The dominance of domestic issues is most likely a contributing factor to the dip in Mandago’s overall approval rating.
“Only 34 percent approve of how Mandago is handling distribution of jobs within the six constituencies in the County; just four in ten give him a thumbs-up on health care after he recently dispatched medical supplies to 106 facilities and his approval rating on maintainance of roads under the jurisdiction of the County government has plunged to 26 percent. Those are three of the four most important issues on the public’s mind today,” Korir said.
“The Governor’s ratings also suffer from the growing perception that he is too stubborn,” he said: Forty-six percent feel that way today. But while the public takes issue with Mandago in certain arenas, two-thirds continue to believe that he has the leadership skills and personal characteristics a Governor should have, which may explain why his overall approval is still fair.
The Online Opinion research poll was conducted from 18th February through March 2nd with 4271 respondents on email, facebook, twitter and blog. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.