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Public satisfaction with Egypt's parliament drops to 30 percent, down 5 points on last year: Baseera poll

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Apr 2017
Ali Abdel Aal
The speaker of Egypt's parliament Ali Abdel-Aal (Ahram Arabic news website)
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Only 30 percent of Egyptians are satisfied with the performance of the country's parliament, a drop of five percentage points on last year, according to new research conducted by the independent Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera).

The opinion poll, which was conducted in March and April 2017, showed that the approval rate has dropped from 35 percent to 30 percent since Baseera's last such poll a year ago.

The new poll was designed to sample public perception of parliament 15 months after it first convened in January 2016.

Egypt's House of Representatives was dissolved by a court order in June 2012 during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The current legislature was elected in late 2015.

The new poll also shows an increase in the number of people dissatisfied with the performance of parliament, at 37 percent compared to 31 percent this time last year.

Meanwhile, another 33 percent of respondents in the new poll said they were "undecided", the same figure as this time last year.

The new poll's findings showed a difference in perception according to the age range of responsdents, with lower approval ratings among younger age groups.

Just 24 percent of those below 30 years of age registered their apprroval in April 2017, while the figure was 41 percent for those over 50.

Residents in urban governorates reported lower approval ratings (25 percent in April) than those of rural areas (36 percent in Lower Egypt, 41 percent in Upper Egypt).

The report said that approval ratings appeared lower among university graduates (20 percent in April) than among high-school graduates or those with less formal education (43 percent).

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