Posted on August 30, 2013 in Reports
During the second half of July, 2013, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted a nationwide face-to-face survey of 5,042 Egyptian adults in an effort to learn how they are reacting to developments in the post-Tamarrud, post-Morsi era, as well as their assessment of the U.S.-Egypt relationship. This survey is a follow-up to the ZRS poll of 5,029 Egyptian adults that had been completed in May, 2013.
Some Key findings:
- Back in May, 82% of all Egyptians had been hopeful at the time of the 2011 revolution. In May 2013, only 36% saying they were still hopeful about developments in their country. Today, following Tamarrud and the deposing of President Morsi, the percentage of Egyptians who say they feel hopeful now has jumped to 68%.
- Despite divisions on the Egyptian military takeover , a remarkable 93% of all adults still retain confidence in the military as an institution, an attitude shared by Egyptians across the political spectrum—Islamists and secularists alike
- The military stands in contrast to the lack of confidence displayed in all of Egypt’s political parties—none of which can claim the confidence of more than 25% of the public.
- President Obama, who had earned high marks among Egyptians following his “Address to the Muslim World” delivered at the University of Cairo in 2009, has now dropped to a 3% positive rating. Confidence in the United States is at 1%.
- Egyptians are divided on the matter of how important it is for their country to have good relations with the United States, with 48% saying it is important and 51% saying it is not important.
- Two-thirds of all Egyptians feel that the United States was too supportive of President Morsi. And more than 8 in 10 feel that “Egypt was harmed by the U.S. policy of support for Morsi.”
- When asked about their reactions to the calls by some American politicians to “suspend U.S. aid until there is a legitimately elected government in Egypt,” 18% respond that “it makes me happy,” 24% say “it makes me angry,” but 56% say they “don’t care, because Egypt doesn’t need U.S. aid.
- Only 36% agree that the United States has some understanding, while 62% say that the United States has little or no understanding of Egypt and its people
Joel Brinkley, "US officials shouldn't have gone to bat for Egypt's Morsi." Chicago Tribune, September 30, 2013
Lin Noueihed, "Fear returns to Egypt as crackdown widens." Reuters, August 21, 2013
James Zogby, "Attitudes in post-Morsi Egypt." Al-Ahram, August 15, 2013