2018 was a bad year for Kenyans, survey shows

Human rights group MUHURI protest in Mombasa./COURTESY

If you are there thinking how 2018 was not a good year, you are not alone.

A survey by Trends and Insights For Africa (TIFA) research shows that 56 per cent of Kenyans think that 2018 was not such a good year with high cost of living being the main cause at 58 per cent.

In the survey released by TIFA on Thursday, another major challenge that people faced was unemployment.

“Kenyans were also hit by job losses as a number of companies downsized in a bid to stay afloat following a tough political year that affected the economy,” read a report by TIFA.

“A combination of these two coupled with lack of access to credit, and poverty had a negative impact on the livelihoods of Kenyans,” it continues.

In the survey conducted between 19th and 21st December 2018, Nyanza region leads in those who think the year was not good at 67 per cent followed by Coast region at 61 per cent with the least being North Eastern Region at 30 per cent.

However, 36 per cent of Kenyans think that 2018 was better than 2017, 15 per cent think it was same while 48 per cent think it was worse.

“A similar survey conducted last year shows that only 12% of Kenyans felt that 2017 was a better year than 2016. Comparing 2017 with 2018, there has been a significant increase on “better” ratings from 12% to 36% and a decline in “worse” ratings from 75% to 48%,” read the survey report in part.