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44% of Egyptians do not know the president's name: polls

Polls show that 44% of respondents cannot name the interim president while 66% cannot name the prime minister

Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Jul 2013
Egyptian Presidency, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour makes his first address to the nation since taking his post after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt July 18, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Just over half of Egyptians know the name of Interim President Adly Mansour, a poll conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) said.

Only 51% of Egyptians know the name of the country's interim president, who was sworn in on 4 July after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July amid mass nationwide protests against him. 

The poll says that five percent did not know Mansour's name, but knew that he was head of the High Constitutional Court when appointed president. On the other hand, 44 percent do not know the president's name or named him incorrectly.

This percentage increases from 35 percent to 51 percent from urban to rural areas respectively. 

Mansour addressed Egyptians on 18 July on the 40th anniversary of the 1973 War with Israel in a televised speech, the first since he was sworn in.

Moreover, according to the poll, 66 percent do not know Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi whose cabinet was sworn in last week. This percentage increases from 57 percent in urban areas to 75 percent in rural areas.

Sixty percent of the polled residents said that they are unable to judge the choice of El-Beblawi as prime minister. Only six percent said it was an unsatisfactory choice, while 25 percent supported it. 

On the other hand, 27 percent view ex-head of the National Salvation Front (NSF) Mohamed El-Baradei a good choice to fill the position of vice-president for foreign affairs. Thirty percent are dissatisfied and 28 percent cannot judge.  

The Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research polled 2,214 adults from across Egypt's 27 governorates via telephone on 20 and 21 July. The poll’s margin of error is less than 3 percent.

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