Poll: 61% of Egyptians want to cancel Israel treaty (JERUSALEM POST) By OREN KESSLER 05/13/12)
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Six in ten Egyptians want to cancel the peace treaty with Israel, a
new poll has found, up from just over half of respondents since last
The poll, released last week by the Washington-based Pew Research
Center, showed 61 percent of Egyptians want to cancel the 1979
agreement, while a third want to keep the treaty and the rest are
The survey found opposition to the agreement had grown significantly
over the last year among people under 30 (up 14 percentage points to
64%) and the college-educated (up 18 points to 58%).
The poll was based on 1,000 face-to-face interviews conducted in
Arabic between March 19 and April 10, and has a margin of error of 4%.
Pollsters found little change in Egyptians’ overwhelmingly negative
views of their country’s decades-long ally, the United States: 79%
had unfavorable opinions of America – the same figure as last year –
and only 19% were favorable.
Six in ten Egyptians said US military and economic aid had a negative
effect on their country, even while just a quarter describe the
national economy as “good.”
The US gave Cairo $1.7 billion in economic and military aid in 2010 –
its fifth-highest foreign outlay after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel
US President Barack Obama is similarly unpopular. Nearly seven in ten
respondents lacked confidence in Obama’s foreign policy, compared to
just 29% expressing confidence. In 2009, ahead of Obama’s landmark
Cairo address to the Muslim world, 42% of Egyptians said they had
confidence in him.
Egyptians overwhelmingly viewed Islam as a positive influence on
society, though the percentage viewing it as negative had exploded to
25% from a minuscule 2% last year. Still, six in ten said Egypt’s
laws should strictly adhere to the Koran, and another third said laws
should conform to Islamic principles but not necessarily follow the
Koran to the letter.
Only 6% said the Koran need not be consulted in drafting laws.
Seventy percent of those polled expressed positive views of the
Muslim Brotherhood, down from 75% last year, and more than eight in
ten said religious leaders had a positive effect on society. Opinions
on the hard-line Islamist Salafi Nour party were evenly split, with
44% for and against.
Egyptians “want Islam to play a major role in society, and most
believe the Koran should shape the country’s laws, although a growing
minority expresses reservations about the increasing influence of
Islam in politics,” the pollsters wrote.
Still, the most popular candidate for president is not an Islamist
but Amr Moussa, a nationalist former foreign minister under the
deposed regime of president Hosni Mubarak. Moussa enjoys 81%
favorability among Egyptians, followed by SCAF leader Field Marshal
Hussein Tantawi at 63%.
Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh, an independent Islamist who is Moussa’s
main rival for president, polled at 58% favorability. (© 1995-2011,
The Jerusalem Post 05/13/12)
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