Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Blog
Between 7/12/13 and 7/13/13, Zogby Analytics conducted a survey of 1,014 U.S. likely voters on their attitudes toward Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood. The poll was conducted just days after Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was deposed from office by the military following a popular protest movement. Comparing the data from the most recent survey to similar Zogby studies conducted on US attitudes toward Egypt going back to 1993 it is clear that American attitudes toward Egypt continue on a downward trend.
Today, among Americans, Egypt has a 26% favorable rating and a 46% unfavorable rating. Favorable ratings are down from 36% when Zogby last polled likely U.S. voters in February of 2013. Today, the Muslim Brotherhood’s favorable ratings are at an all-time low, 11%. In 1993, Egypt had a 64% favorable rating.
Some other key findings from the July poll:
- Almost two-thirds of all Americans want the US to "stay out of" the dispute between the Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents (protesters and the military).
- When given the option as to whether the US should "support governments, whether elected or not, if they work with us to protect our interests" or "only support democratically elected governments, even if those governments might pursue policies hostile to our interests", a majority of Americans support the former option.
- Opinion is divided on the decision by the military to depose President Morsi. A slight plurality of 29% say it was positive but almost as many Americans say it "makes no difference", evidence of the growing antipathy to Egypt.