According to the first IPSOS Synovate opinion survey conducted since the campaigns got underway, this is the case.
However, the poll indicates that Raila is ahead of Ruto with a 47 percent popularity rating, making him the most popular presidential contender.
George Wajackoyah, the leader of the Roots Party, ended in third place with only 2.9 percent of the votes, while David Mwaure of the Agano Party received 0.2 percent.
No one in the front-runner position would succeed in winning the first round with a margin error of +/-1.25 percent.
However, according to the poll done between July 23 and July 26, 4% of voters are still uncertain and might tip the election.