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Most Egyptians will vote yes to constitution, but yet to read it: Poll

76% of respondents to December poll said they take part in next week's referendum, and 74% of those will vote yes

Ahram Online, Wednesday 8 Jan 2014
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Over half of Egyptians have not read the newly amended constitution, according to a new opinion poll -- although the charter will be put to national referendum next week.

Fifty-nine percent of the respondents to a poll in late December by private polling organisation Baseera said they had not read the new charter, while 36 percent said they had read "parts" of it.

Seventy-six percent of those polled plan to take part in the upcoming referendum, scheduled for 14-15 January down from 84 percent in a Baseera poll last October.

Fourteen percent of those polled said they would opt for a boycott of the referendum and 10 percent said they had not yet decided on whether to participate. 

The report said that education levels did not discernibly affect the way respondents plan to participate.

Some 74 percent of those who said they planned to cast their ballots will vote in favour of the national charter, three percent will vote against it, while 23 percent said they were undecided, the report revealed.

Twenty-two percent of those who said they would boycott attributed their decision to "personal reasons," while 13 percent said they believed their vote would be "useless." Eleven percent said they were not engaged in politics and nine percent said the move stemmed from their "dissatisfaction" with the charter.

Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have called for a boycott of the vote, the first electoral poll since the ouster of Morsi in the summer after mass protests against him. It will be followed by parliamentary elections and a presidential poll by mid-2014.

Eight percent of those polled had not heard about the referendum. Of those who were aware, 76 percent knew the date of the poll.

The poll also found older respondents were more approving of the document than younger people. Eighty-four percent of over 50s said they would vote yes, while the ratings were lower (60 percent) amongst 18-29 year olds.

Based on the report's findings, 57 percent believe the referendum would be a fair one and five percent said transparency is conditional on several factors including army's security, judicial supervision and "keeping a way" Muslim Brotherhood members.

Twelve percent said they thought the referendum would not be fair, while 27 percent answered that they didn't know.  

Baseera said a total of 2,068 adults from across Egypt's 27 governorates were questioned via telephone on 24 and 26 December. Sixty-five percent of those polled responded. The report says the poll's margin of error stands at less than three percent.

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Hasan
08-01-2014 04:28pm
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lying poll
I believe this poll is mendacious. Under fascism, one can't tell his conscience lest he or she be arrested. Besides this constitution is invalid, having been written by unelected people and supervised by a military coup.
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Ruth
08-01-2014 04:05pm
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Opinion Polls & Egyptian media
If we go back and see the credibility of these polls in the past, facts were 180 degree opposite to the results of these opinion polls. Egyptian media only used it as a propaganda tool. All the opinion polls in 2011, front runners for presidency were Amr Mosa & Abol Fattah while Ahmed Shafiq & Morsy were on 4th and 5th no .All Egyptian media (including Ahram) used to make these poll results in their headlines but in real what happened we all know. The actual results were 100% present opposite what the opinion polls and media predicted. So it won’t be a surprised this time if free and fair elections held which is only a dream under an Army rule.
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John
08-01-2014 03:41pm
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H ha ha ha
This costituion come from usa by al baradie how to divide egypt and egyptian .army of egypt taking advantage because mostly egyptian are ignorents .
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John
08-01-2014 03:38pm
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Who give vote yes .he is bigest agent of isreal and west. By force govt can win by fraud not by fair .
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