By: Magued Osman
Baseera, the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research, conducted its periodic poll to track President Mohamed Morsi’s approval ratings after eight months in office. The results showed a continued decline in approval ratings. The percentage of those who approve of his performance fell to 49% from 53% at the end of the seventh month and 78% at the end of Morsi’s first 100 days in office.
This is the first time Morsi’s approval rating has fallen to less than 50%. At the same time, the percentage of those who disapproved rose to 43% from 39% by the end of the seventh month in office and 15% by the end of the first 100 days. The approval rating of the President is only 35% among university graduates, compared to about 54% among those with less than intermediate education.
At the same time, the percentage of those who would re-elect Morsi if elections were held tomorrow continued to decline, reaching 35% compared to 39% at the end of the seventh month and 58% at the end of the first 100 days in office.
The poll conducted this month included a number of questions about the National Salvation Front (NSF). The results show that 35% of Egyptians have never heard of the NSF. This percentage rises to 45% in rural areas, compared to about 24% in urban areas. The percentage of those who have never heard of the NSF is about 20% in urban governorates compared to 39% in Lower and Upper Egypt. Moreover, half of those who have less than intermediate education have not heard of the NSF, compared to 7% of university graduates.
Respondents familiar with the NSF were asked whether they support the Front. The results indicate that 35% do support it, 53% do not, and 12% are undecided or have no opinion about the NSF. The percentage of supporters is higher in Lower Egypt governorates, reaching 42%, versus 35% in urban governorates and 27% in Upper Egypt.
Supporters and opponents of the NSF were asked about their views on its performance. Around 12% evaluated its performance as good, 33% as average, and 42% as poor. The rest of the respondents were undecided. These percentages vary considerably between NSF supporters and non-supporters. The percentage of those who perceive the NSF’s performance as good is as high as 33% among supporters, compared to only 1% among opponents. Similarly, the percentage of those who see its performance as average is 58% among supporters compared to only 17% among non-supporters. The percentage of those who perceive its performance as poor was only 3% among supporters compared to 75% among non-supporters.
When respondents familiar with the NSF were asked their views about the best political figure, Amr Moussa came first (19%), followed by Hamdein Sabbahi (12%), and Mohamed ElBaradei (6%). However, 27% reported either that there was no worthy political figure or that they were all undeserving of praise, while 29% were undecided.
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