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Thursday April 11, 2013

Poll: American Attitudes Toward Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood

Posted by Omar Tewfik at 11:13 am

A new Zogby Research Services (ZRS) poll conducted during February and March surveys American attitudes toward Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. The poll compares attitudes in 2013 with Zogby International data collected on the same subject over two decades. AAI President and Director of Zogby Research Services Jim Zogby will release the results tomorrow, Friday, April 12 during a briefing at the Center for American Progress. The 2013 poll will become available in-full online Friday at 12pm via the Arab American Institute opinion poll page.

AAI maintains an extensive and comprehensive archive of Zogby Research Services and Zogby International polls on Arab, Arab American, and US opinion covering a wide range of issues.

Here are some key findings:

  • American attitudes toward Egypt have fallen drastically in the past decade. In the 1990’s, Egypt had a 60% favorable rating, while today only 36% of Americans view the country positively.
  • After the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power, American attitudes soured, even among those who have a favorable opinion of Muslims overall. The Muslim Brotherhood has a negative favorable/unfavorable ratio of 30%–47%.
  • Americans are divided on continuing aid to Egypt.

CAP Event Details:

Watch the CAP event

What: U.S. Engagement with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
When:  April 12, 2013, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Center for American Progress 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20005

In addition to Jim Zogby, panelists at the CAP event are Dr. John L. Esposito, University Professor and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, and Michael Wahid Hanna, Senior Fellow at the the Century Foundation. Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress will moderate.

Tagged as Issues, Egypt, US-Arab Relations, Research, Opinion Polls

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