Poll: Moussa leads Egypt race (JERUSALEM POST) By OREN KESSLER 04/11/12)
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Former Arab League chief Amr Moussa remains Egyptians’ preferred
choice for president, according to a poll published Monday in Al-
Ahram newspaper, barely edging a hard-line Islamist candidate whose
candidacy may ultimately be overturned.
Nearly 31 percent of respondents said they would prefer to see
Moussa, who also served as foreign minister under deposed president
Hosni Mubarak, take the helm in Cairo.
Hazem Salah Abu Ismail – a Salafist Islamist linked to the Muslim
Brotherhood but running without party support – came in second with
just under 29%.
The poll was conducted before details emerged that Abu Ismail’s
mother held US citizenship, which could disqualify him from running.
Egyptian law forbids candidates or their families to hold dual
Former Brotherhood official Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh came in third
Surprisingly, fewer than 2% of respondents identified the
Brotherhood’s main nominee, Khairat al-Shater, as their candidate of
choice. The low figure may partly be a function of timing – 8% of
polling was conducted before he announced his candidacy late last
The Brotherhood candidate would also likely benefit from an annulment
of Abu Ismail’s candidacy, with many of the Salafist’s supporters
transferring their support to him instead.
Al Ahram Center for Political and Studies, a state-linked research
institute based in Cairo, conducted the poll. The results do not
include former Mubarak intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, who joined
the presidential race just before the close of registration Sunday.
Moussa also topped a survey that the US-based Gallup organization
conducted in December, in which 17% of respondents threw their
support behind the former foreign minister, followed by 3% for
Since then, parliamentary voting resulted in around three-quarters of
Egypt’s parliamentary seats going to the Brotherhood and even harder-
The Al Ahram poll was based on interviews with 1,200 people
nationwide between March 31 and April 3, and has a 4% margin of error.
Jerusalem Post staff and Bloomberg contributed to this report. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/11/12)
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