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Public Opinion in Egypt


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On Domestic Egyptian Issues

How much of a role do you think Islam plays in the political life of our country - a very large role, a fairly large role, a fairly small role, or a very small role? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2012
Very large role
12%
20%

Fairly large role

35%
46%
Fairly small role
30%
29%
Very small role
18%
6%
Don't know/refused
5%
0%

If your answer to the question above was "large role," in your opinion, is this good or bad for our country? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2012
Good
95%
61%

Bad

2%
30%
Neither (volunteered)
3%
7%
Don't know/refused
0%
1%

If your answer to the question above was "small role," in your opinion, is this good or bad for our country? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2012
Good
3%
14%

Bad

77%
69%
Neither (volunteered)
13%
15%
Don't know/refused
6%
3%

If you had to choose between a good democracy or a strong economy, which would you say is more important? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2007
2011
2012
A good democracy
42%
47%
48%

A strong economy

53%
49%
49%
Don't know/refused
5%
4%
4%

On a different subject, do you think women should have equal rights with men, or shouldn't they? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2012
Should
60%
58%

Should not

32%
36%
Don't know/refused
8%
6%

Of those who think women should have equal rights: which of these two statements comes closer to your own views - even if neither is exactly right? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2012
Egypt has made most of the changes needed to give women equal rights with men
36%
38%

Egypt needs to continue making changes to give women equal rights with men

59%
61%
Don't know/refused
5%
1%

Do you agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with the following statement: Women should be able to work outside the home. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2012
Completely agree
23%
25%
Mostly agree
38%
36%
Mostly disagree
25%
26%

Completely disagree

13%
11%
Don't know/refused
0%
2%

Do you agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree with the following statement: When jobs are scarce, men should have more right to a job than women. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2012
Completely agree
43%
45%
Mostly agree
32%
34%
Mostly disagree
11%
10%

Completely disagree

9%
7%
Don't know/refused
5%
4%

Which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion: Men generally make better political leaders than women OR Women generally make better political leaders than men OR In general, women and men make equally good political leaders. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2007
2012
Men generally make better political leaders than men
38%
42%
Women generally make better political leaders than men
15%
16%
In general, women and men make equally good political leaders
43%
39%
Don't know/refused
5%
3%

Some feel that we should rely on a democratic form of government to solve our country's problems. Others feel that we should rely on a leader with a strong hand to solve our country's problems. Which comes closer to your opinion? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2007
2011
2012
Democratic form of government
50%
64%
61%

Strong leader

47%
34%
33%
Don't know/refused
4%
2%
6%

Which of the following three statements comes closest to your view? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2011
2012
Laws should strictly follow the teachings of the Quran
62%
60%

Laws should follow the values and principles of Islam but not strictly follow the teachings of the Quran

27%
32%
Laws should not be influenced by the teachings of the Quran
5%
6%
Don't know/refused
5%
3%

How concerned, if at all, are you about Islamic extremism in our country these days? Are you very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned or not at all concerned about Islamic extremism in our country these days? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2006
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Very concerned
29%
31%
30%
20%
32%
33%

Somewhat concerned

39%
41%
32%
41%
33%
36%
Not too concerned
19%
20%
26%
32%
19%
15%
Not at all concerned
11%
9%
11%
6%
15%
13%
Don't know/refused
2%
0%
0%
1%
1%
3%
*In 2008, 2009, and 2010, the wording for this question was "the rise of Islamic extremism."

And which of these three statements is closest to your own opinion? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2011
2012
Democracy is preferable to any other kind of government
60%
71%
67%

In some circumstances, a non-democratic government can be preferable

22%
17%
19%
For somewhat like me, it doesn't matter what kind of government we have
16%
10%
13%
Don't know/refused
2%
3%
1%

Now thinking about our economic situation, how would you describe the current economic situation in Egypt - is it very good, somewhat good, somewhat bad or very bad? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Improve a lot
1%
3%
3%
22%
19%

Improve a little

14%
23%
22%
34%
31%
Remain the same
35%
32%
35%
26%
28%
Worsen a little
31%
32%
22%
13%
16%
Worsen a lot
19%
9%
16%
4%
4%
Don't know/refused
2%
1%
4%
2%
2%

And over the next 12 months, do you expect the economic situation in our country to improve a lot, improve a little, remain the same, worsen a little or worsen a lot? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Very good
13%
10%
3%
2%
6%
4%

Somewhat good

40%
34%
24%
18%
28%
23%
Somewhat bad
23%
29%
29%
47%
36%
40%
Very bad
23%
25%
44%
33%
28%
31%
Don't know/refused
2%
2%
0%
0%
2%
2%

What is the most important issue or challenge that the government of Egypt should address? (open-ended) (Gallup, April 15, 2012)

 
Unemployment/Job creation
Economic situation/ Increase wages
Security
General public
39%
23%
20%

Freedom and Justice Party

41%
24%
18%
Nour Party
36%
23%
22%
Free Egyptians Party
37%
21%
21%

What is the SECOND most important issue or challenge that the government of Egypt should address? (open-ended) (Gallup, April 15, 2012)

 
Unemployment/Job creation
Economic situation/ Increase wages
Security
General public
25%
31%
20%

Freedom and Justice Party

22%
31%
20%
Nour Party
23%
31%
22%
Free Egyptians Party
27%
31%
16%

Thinking about the job situation in the city of area where you live today, would you say that it is now a good time or a bad time to find a job? (Gallup, April 15, 2012)

Good time
10%

Bad time

88%

*asked of Egyptian adults

Have food prices increased significantly over the past 12 months, or not? (Gallup, April 15, 2012)

Yes
95%

No

3%
*asked of Egyptian adults

 

Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view on a democratic government in Egypt? (Pew, April 2011)

 
April 2010
April 2011
Democracy is preferable to any other kind of government
60%
71%
In some circumstances, a non-democratic government can be preferable
22%
17%
For someone like me, it does not matter what kind of government Egypt has
16%
10%
Don't know
2%
3%

Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view? (Pew, April 2011)

Laws should strictly follow the teachings of the Quran
62%
Laws should follow the values and principles of Islam but should not strictly follow the teachings of the Quran
27%
Laws should not be influenced by the teachings of the Quran
5%
Don't know
5%

Do you believe the military will or will not hand over power to a civilian government after the presidential election? (Gallup, December 23, 2011)

will hand over power
82%
will not hand over power
8%

Do you think the military remaining involved in politics after the presidential election is a good thing or a bad thing for the country (asked of Egyptian adults)? (Gallup, December 23, 2011)

good thing
27%
bad thing
63%

Do you think delaying the presidential election is a good thing or a bad thing for the country? (Gallup, December 23, 2011)

good thing
9%
bad thing
87%

What is your opinion of Hosni Mubarak's decision to concede to protesters' demands and step down as president? (Pew, April 2011)

It was a good thing for Mubarak to resign
77%
It was a bad thing for Mubarak to resign
13%
Neither
9%
Don't know
1%

 

About the United States

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the United States? (Pew)

 
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Favorable
30%
21%
22%
27%
17%
20%
19%
Unfavorable
69%
78%
75%
70%
82%
79%
79%

Egypt's relationship with the U.S. should be ... (Pew, May 8, 2012)

 
2011
2012
About as close as it is now
40%

35%

Less close
43%
38%
Closer
15%
20%
Don't know
--
7%

How do you characterize the influence of the U.S. on the political situation in Egypt? (Pew, May 8, 2012)

Neither good nor bad

62%

Negative
21%
Positive
15%

Is American financial assistance to Egypt primarily economic or military? (Pew, May 8, 2012)

to help Egypt develop economically

34%

mostly military
23%
equally divided between economic and military assistance
28%
no opinion
14%

Do you favor or oppose ... (Gallup, February 6, 2012)

 
Favor
Oppose
U.S. economic aid to Egypt?
26%
71%
the U.S. sending aid to Egyptian civil society groups?
20%
74%

Do you approve or disapprove of how President Obama is dealing with calls for political change in the Middle East? (Pew, April 2011)

Approve
45%
Disapprove
52%

Do you worry that the United States could become a military threat to your country someday? (Pew)

 
2003
2005
2007
2009
2010
2011
Very/Somewhat worried
-
-
64%
51%
56%
54%

How much confidence do you have in U.S. President Barack Obama? (Pew, May 2011)

Not too much/No confidence
64%
A lot/Some confidence
35%

Do approve or disapprove of U.S. President Barack Obama's handling of each of the following issues? (Pew, May 2011)

 
Approve
Disapprove
Calls for political change in the Middle East
45%
52%
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict
15%
82%
Iran
27%
68%

 

On Israel

Should Egypt maintain or annul its 1979 peace treaty with Israel? (Pew, April 2011; Pew, May 8, 2012)

 
2011
2012
Maintain
36%

32%

Annul
54%
61%
Don't know
10%
--

 

Arab/Muslim World

As you may know, Egypt has recently resumed diplomatic relations with Iran after more than 30 years. Do you approve or disapprove of resuming relations with Iran? (The Israel Project, October 25, 2012)

 
Total Population
University Educated
Approve
65%

64%

Strongly Approve
19%
14%
Disapprove
30%
27%
Strongly Disapprove
12%
7%

Do you support or oppose Iran's developing nuclear weapons? (The Israel Project, October 25, 2012)

 
August 2009
September 2012
Support
41%

61%

Strongly Support
22%
13%
Oppose
34%
30%
Strongly Oppose
20%
8%

If Iran develops nuclear weapons, how serious a threat would it be to Egypt - would it be a very serious threat, somewhat serious, just a little serious, or not a serious threat at all? (The Israel Project, October 25, 2012)

 
August 2009
September 2012
Very Serious Threat
23%

30%

Somewhat Serious Threat
24%
52%
A Little Serious
15%
8%
Not serious at all
15%
1%

 

Please tell me whether you think the following action would be a good thing or a bad thing to have happen. (The Israel Project, October 25, 2012)

 
Good
Bad
Egypt puts resources into developing nuclear energy
83%

12%

Egypt puts resources into developing nuclear weapons
87%
10%

In general, do you think the following governments favor or oppose democracy in the Middle East? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
Turkish government
Saudi Arabian government
U.S. government
Israeli government
Favors
78%
67%
37%
6%

Opposes

13%
21%
52%
88%
Both/neither (volunteered)
8%
10%
8%
3%
Don't know/refused
2%
2%
3%
3%

In general, do you think the popular uprisings of 2011 will lead to more democracy in the Middle East, or not? (Pew, July 10, 2012)

Yes, will lead to more democracy
76%

No, will not lead to more democracy

23%
Don't know/refused
2%

Now I'd like to ask your views about some additional political leaders. Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable opinion of the following leaders. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Saudi King Abdullah
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Very favorable
4%
40%
30%
5%

Somewhat favorable

19%
44%
41%
6%
Somewhat unfavorable
37%
10%
18%
36%
Very unfavorable
36%
4%
11%
48%
Don't know/refused
5%
1%
1%
5%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the Taliban. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

Very favorable
3%

Somewhat favorable

16%
Somewhat unfavorable
40%
Very unfavorable
36%
Don't know/refused
6%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of the League of Arab States. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

Very favorable
23%

Somewhat favorable

36%
Somewhat unfavorable
23%
Very unfavorable
14%
Don't know/refused
5%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of Turkey. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2011
2012
Very favorable
23%
26%

Somewhat favorable

39%
42%
Somewhat unfavorable
25%
23%
Very unfavorable
10%
8%
Don't know/refused
2%
1%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of Saudi Arabia. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2007
2008
2012
Very favorable
58%
61%
42%

Somewhat favorable

33%
23%
39%
Somewhat unfavorable
6%
9%
12%
Very unfavorable
2%
4%
5%
Don't know/refused
1%
3%
3%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of al Qaeda. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2010
2011
2012
Very favorable
7%
2%
3%

Somewhat favorable

12%
19%
16%
Somewhat unfavorable
29%
32%
36%
Very unfavorable
43%
41%
37%
Don't know/refused
8%
5%
8%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of Hezbollah. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Very favorable
20%
23%
20%
8%
3%
3%

Somewhat favorable

36%
31%
23%
21%
21%
17%
Somewhat unfavorable
32%
28%
27%
34%
40%
48%
Very unfavorable
9%
12%
30%
32%
34%
37%
Don't know/refused
3%
6%
1%
4%
3%
6%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of Hamas. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Very favorable
20%
18%
26%
19%
12%
11%

Somewhat favorable

29%
24%
26%
28%
33%
28%
Somewhat unfavorable
31%
30%
24%
31%
32%
34%
Very unfavorable
18%
20%
20%
19%
19%

22%

Don't know/refused
2%
7%
4%
3%
4%
5%

Please tell me if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of Iran. (Pew, July 10, 2012)

 
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Very favorable

13%

6%

9%

7%

5%

3%

4%

Somewhat favorable

46%

42%

37%

28%

28%

19%

18%

Somewhat unfavorable

30%

39%

34%

25%

34%

38%

42%

Very unfavorable

9%

11%

20%

37%

32%

37%

34%

Don't know/refused

1%

1%

1%

4%

1%

2%

1%

Do you favor or oppose aid to Egypt from international institutions? (Gallup, February 6, 2012)

Favor
50%
Oppose
42%


Do you favor or oppose aid to Egypt from Arab governments? (Gallup, February 6, 2012)

Favor
68%
Oppose
28%

 


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