In Summary
  • High cost of living, insecurity and unemployment were cited in that order as the most serious problems facing the country.
  • About 36 per cent of those interviewed responded in the affirmative when asked if they or any member of their household had recently gone to sleep on an empty stomach.

One in every three Kenyan households has someone who sometimes “goes to sleep hungry” because they cannot afford a meal, a new study has revealed.

Most Kenyans also feel that things are generally going wrong, a finding which should get Jubilee strategists thinking about how to get their positive message out more and to ensure it is believed.

The report, which was released on Friday by Ipsos, showed that even salaried Kenyans were feeling the pinch as the cost of living rises and incomes stagnate.

The report shows that 43 per cent of Kenyans earn less than Sh10,000 while 31 per cent earn less than Sh25,000.

Only four per cent earn more than Sh40,000.

With 93 per cent of Kenyan adults earning Sh40,000 and below, the report confirmed a recent analysis by Standard Bank that estimated the number of low-income households in Kenya at 92 per cent.

High cost of living, insecurity and unemployment were cited in that order as the most serious problems facing the country.

A sample of 2,059 adults was interviewed in the 47 counties between August 24 and September 1, with an error margin of two at 95 per cent degree of confidence.

About 36 per cent of those interviewed responded in the affirmative when asked if they or any member of their household had recently gone to sleep on an empty stomach.

A similar trend was observed when the population was divided between urban and rural areas, with 34 per cent of urban residents and 37 per cent in rural areas saying they had at one time or another gone to bed hungry.

More women (38 per cent) than men (34) also reported going to bed hungry due to financial difficulties.

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