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Survey results highlight negative outlook

Figures show dissatisfaction with democratic transition and overwhelming concern for better economic conditions

(Photo courtesy of Pew Research Centre)
(Photo courtesy of Pew Research Centre)

Only 30% of Egyptians believe that Egypt is headed in the right direction, according to a new report issued by Pew Research Centre, which stated that Egyptians are increasingly dissatisfied with the current democratic transition period.

The report, titled “Egyptians Increasingly Glum”, conducted a survey based on national samples and published a report announcing its results.

The report stated that 39% of Egyptians believe that things are better off now since Mubarak’s departure. Additionally, 53% of Egyptians have a favourable view on President Mohamed Morsi, while 43% see him negatively, according to the report. Opinion varied with regards to the other prominent political leaders, where 48% had a favourable view on Hamdeen Sabahi, 45% on Ahmed Shafiq, and 40% on Mohamed ElBaradei.

As 75% of Egyptians believe that the economic conditions of Egypt are in a bad shape, 83% perceive improving those conditions as ‘very important’, stated the report.

73% of the interviewed sample believes the army is having a good influence on Egypt, while the percentage decreased to 35% when asking about the influence of the police.

The report noted the rising ideological divisions in Egypt. It stated that the results of face-to-face interviews conducted with 1,000 adults revealed that supporters of the National Salvation Front (NSF) have a different perception on the current state of Egypt than the supporters of Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), and Al-Nour Party.

On the influence of religion, the report mentioned that 58% of Egyptians believe that laws should adhere strictly to teachings of Quran, while 28% believe that laws should follow Islamic principles but not strictly implement laws from the Quran. According to the report, only 11% believe that religion should have no influence over Egypt’s laws.

Controversy over the constitution persisted in the report, as 49% favoured it and 45% opposed it.

At least in six-in-ten Egyptians still prefer democracy to any other form of government, while most of them express a desire for certain democratic rights that were perceived as more important. Those rights included free media, fair elections, and fair judicial system, according to the report.

Regarding religious minorities, 38% said the government is exerting enough efforts to ensure that religious minorities can practice their religions freely, while 39% said it is not doing enough.

The report showed that Egyptians still have negative views toward the US and Israel. It stated that 16% have a favourable view of the US, 24% perceived having good relations with it is as important, while 69% did not see it as important.

Additionally, only 3% perceived having a strong relationship between Egypt and Israel as important, while 63% expressed their refusal to accept the 1979 peace treaty between the two states.

The report was released on 16 May, and is divided into 5 chapters; ‘National Conditions’, ‘Key Leaders, Groups and Institutions’, ‘Attitudes toward Democracy’, ‘Islam and Politics’, and ‘Views of U.S. and Israel’.

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