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Poll shows support for Egyptian govt continues to fall

Numbers of Egyptians who are unhappy with the current cabinet climbed in recent months, but respondents remain optimistic about the economy

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Dec 2013
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Most Egyptians are unhappy with the performance of the country's current government, with a modest 20 percent describing it as "good," according to a report by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera).

Twenty-seven percent of those polled by the private organisation said the government's performance was average, 19 percent said it was bad, while 34 percent said they "weren't sure."

The poll, which was conducted early in December, shows that support for the interim authorities is on the decline.

Over a third of Egyptians (37 percent) said the government's performance was "good" in October. In November, the number was just 24 percent.

Almost half of the people polled in October said that the performance of the cabinet was "average" – down to 33 percent in November.

The number of those polled who thought the government was "poor" rose from 18 percent in October to 22 percent in November, but declined to 19 percent in December.

The report said that the gender of respondents affected the way people assess the administration's performance; approval ratings appeared lower among women polled (14 percent) than among men (26 percent).

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was ousted in July after massive street protests against his year-long rule. An interim government was then installed, which set forth a political roadmap it promised would see an amended constitution in January, and parliamentary elections and a presidential vote to follow.

The levels of satisfaction with the current cabinet were reflected in the personal ratings of interim premier Hazem El-Beblawi himself; 18 percent of those polled in December said his performance was good, 25 percent said it was average, 19 percent thought it was bad, while 38 percent of respondents were uncertain.

Ratings in this regard, the poll added, appeared to be influenced by education levels and age. According to the poll, sympathy with the senior minister's performance increases with age, with 16 percent sympathetic among those aged 18-29, compared to 23 percent among those aged 50 and up.

According to Baseera, a total of 1,503 adults from across Egypt's 27 governorates were questioned via telephone from 2-5 December. The report claims that the poll's margin of error stands at less than 3 percent.

Despite the political unrest the country has been witnessing since Morsi's removal, many Egyptians continue to be optimistic.

Based on the poll's findings, 60 percent of people said they still feel safe, 2 percent up from late October's ratings.

While the country's economy has been hammered by ongoing unrest, many of the poll respondents thought they had not been negatively affected.

Thirty-one percent said their economic status had improved, 31 percent said it remained the same, 36 percent said it had got worse, and two percent said they weren't sure.

The poll also found that 60 percent of respondents expect their living conditions to improve next year.

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