A new poll by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera), published on Tuesday, has revealed that most Egyptians are optimistic about 2021.
About 78% of the survey’s respondents believe that 2021 will be better than 2020, while 4% believe that it will be worse, and 12% said they were unsure.
The survey focused on expectations for the new year, particularly as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues.
Polling data indicated that the 18-19 age group is less optimistic about the 2021 compared to older age brackets. About 69% of younger survey respondents believe that 2021 will be better than 2020, compared to about 80% in the 30-49 age group, and 82% among those aged 50 and over.
Regarding the current economic conditions in Egypt, 78% said that they believe 2021 will witness economic improvement, while 4% believe that it will witness economic difficulties. A further 7% believe that there will be no change in the economic situation from 2020, and 12% answered that they are unsure.
In terms of age groups, only 72% of young people expected a better economic situation in 2021, compared to 83% among those 50 years of age or above.
Regarding vaccines against the coronavirus, the survey indicated that Egyptians are mostly optimistic. In response to a question on whether the respondent is willing to take the vaccine if it is proven safe and effective, 67% said they strongly agree, 25% said they agree, 3% said they disagree. At the same time, 4% said they do not agree at all, while 1% said they remain undecided.