IPSOS Survey: North Eastern residents feel least threatened by Alshabaab terror group

An IPSOS poll survey indicates that North Eastern region feels the least threatened by the Alshabaab terror threats in the country. Coast region however tops the list of areas whose residents feel most threatened by terror attacks. The survey further reveals that the North Eastern region is also opposed to the governments decision to repatriate Somali refugees

The poll also unearthed that most Kenyans seem less concerned or are detached from the main sources of information. As evident in the findings many people seem to care little about such current important matters like security.
The research sought to find out whether Kenyans are aware of the country in which the KDF is currently in serving in a peace keeping mission, Alshabaab threats and the repatriation of the refugees back to Somalia.
The North Eastern region is fully aware of this operations at 100% while the western region trails at 64.5%.

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT KDF IN SOMALIA
North Eastern- 100%
Nairobi- 91%
Rift Valley- 89%
Central- 82%
Nyanza- 77%
Coast- 66%
Western- 64%
Of the 81% who are aware of the KDF activities in Somalia, the Garissa university attack tops the list of the percentage of those aware at 52% while the Mpeketoni is least known at 7%.
MOST REMEMBERED ALSHABAB ATTACKS
Garissa university attack -52%
Mandera quarry attack -13%
Other mentions -8%
Mpeketoni attack -7%
37% of Kenyans say they are aware of the Alshabaab attack in El Adde Somalia which caused great loss of life to KDF soldiers.
The North Eastern region leads with 98% while the western region trails with 18%.

KNOWLEDGE OF EL ADDE ATTACK
North Eastern-98%
Nairobi-45%
Nyanza-45%
Coast-39%
Eastern-38%
Rift valley-32%
Central-24%
Western-18%
The question as to whether the KDF soldiers should withdraw from Somalia or not, it elicited mixed reactions with Jubilee supporters in support of their continued stay while Cord supporters opposed.

Ironically, the findings further reveal that the North Eastern region feels less at threatened by Alshabaab at 41% while the Coast region feels most threatened at 72%.

AL SHABAAB THREATS
Coast-72%
Western-61%
Rift valley-58%
Nyanza-55%
Nairobi-46%
Central-45%
Eastern-45%
North Eastern-41%
Research was also conducted on whether Kenyans are in support of the government’s decision to repatriate refugees or not.
The central region leads with 82% while the North Eastern region is opposed to this decision at 36%.

OPINION ON REFUGEE REPATRIATION
Central-82%
Rift valley-79%
Coast-77%
Eastern-76%
Nairobi-63%
Western-64%
Nyanza-46%
North Eastern-36%

The research was conducted between 4th and 18th June this year involving 2076 respondents living in both rural and urban areas.

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