AD125: Cautious optimism marks Kenyans’ perceptions of economic conditions

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Graph: Going without basic necessities | Kenya | 2014
Paul Kamau

Kenya’s credible macroeconomic performance appears to be taking hold, albeit slowly, in its public perceptions: Though still largely skeptical, Kenyans are less pessimistic about the national economy and their personal living conditions than they were a few years ago.

Based on survey responses in late 2014, Kenyans offering positive assessments of economic conditions are still a minority – but a growing minority. Compared to responses in 2008 and 2011, more Kenyans see the country as heading in the right direction, describe the country’s economic conditions and their personal living conditions as good, and expect economic conditions to improve. Moreover, fewer Kenyans went without basic necessities in the previous year, and fewer rank economic management as the most important problem that government needs to address.

Still, the skeptical majority points to the fact that the government needs to do more to instill confidence among its citizens.

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