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Kenyans grow more dissatisfied with economic conditions, Afrobarometer survey shows

8 Feb 2021 Kenya

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenyans were dissatisfied with their government’s economic performance as increasing numbers reported poor economic conditions, an Afrobarometer analysis shows.

Despite a decade of strong economic growth that allowed Kenya to be classified as a middle-income country, a majority of citizens were not content with the economic situation, according to the survey, which was conducted in August-September 2019.

Fewer than half of Kenyans said the country was moving in the right direction, and most described economic conditions as bad, even if a growing minority gave positive assessments of their own living conditions. Young Kenyans were generally a bit more upbeat about the economy than their elders.