Egyptian public opinion

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11 Jun 2011

I do not intend to turn this into a Middle East blog (see 6 June post) but this survey by Williams & Associates of Massachusetts includes fascinating opinion poll data on Egypt:

  • 89% of Egyptians say the country is going in the right direction.
  • 49% see the current economic situation as very bad and 32% as somewhat bad.
  • 80% see their household financial situation as improving over the coming year.
  • 41% of Egyptians describe their economic situation as having trouble feeding themselves. Another 37% say they have just enough to survive.
  • Unemployment is seen as the single biggest threat facing the country.
  • 65% say they do not know how they will vote in the next election. Only 2% say they will support the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • The single most important source of information by far for getting news on events on Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow on 25 January was television followed by word of mouth. Facebook was third.
  • 71% of Egyptians do not have access to the internet.

As usual any opinion poll data should be handled with care. This one was funded by the International Republican Institute, which is close to prominent American Republicans.