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Support for Egyptian cabinet declines: Poll

Just 24 percent of respondents thought the performance of the current government was good, compared with 37 percent in September

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Nov 2013
Hazem El-Beblawi
Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi gestures during a news conference in Abu Dhabi October 27, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Twenty-four percent of Egyptians think the performance of the current government, headed by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, is “good,” according to a poll released Wednesday by private polling organisation Baseera.

Thirty-three percent said the government’s performance was “average”, while 22 percent said it was “bad.”

The new poll shows a marked drop in the popularity of the current government. In a poll by Baseera at the end of September, 37 percent of Egyptians said the performance of the government was good.

Interim President Adly Mansour denied on Wednesday that there would be a government reshuffle, amid calls for the government to submit its resignation.

Speaking to reporters on the margins of the Arab-African summit organized in Kuwait, he said Egyptians should not forget the heavy load the government has inherited from previous cabinets, adding that this government aimed at realising citizens’ aspirations and hopes.

Asked whether or not they felt secure, 58 percent of respondents to the Wednesday poll said they did, down from 66 percent in the end of September. In August, 27 percent of respondents had answered yes to the question.

Seventy-four percent of respondents also said prices have increased since last month.

Thirty-seven percent of respondents said their living conditions had not changed compared to last year, while 30 percent said those conditions had improved and 32 percent said they had worsened.

Regarding their expectations concerning a possible improvement of their living conditions, 67 percent said they believed those conditions would improve, while 7 percent said those conditions would further deteriorate.

Twenty-two percent of respondents said the performance of Prime Minister El-Beblawi was good, while 30 percent said it was average and 18 percent said it was bad.

The poll was conducted nationwide by phone on a sample size of 1,964 people. All interviews were conducted on 30 and 31 October and the results' margin of error is less than 3 percent, according to Baseera.

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Anwar Fahmi
20-11-2013 09:26pm
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Islamists would eventually win
Well, I tend to agree with Noura. The Islamists are fast restoring their previous popularity. And time is on their side as the Junta and the secular establishment is unable to solve Egypt's problems.
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Ervin
21-11-2013 12:43am
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Good
Good, keep on dreaming. Did the islamist solve Egypt's problem? They only worsened them, and they have plenty of time.
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Noura Ayoub
20-11-2013 06:05pm
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The Islamists would win any election
I have no doubt that the MB would win any upcoming elections. Every days passes means Ikhwan's prospects enhanced. People are realizing that the Ikhwan are not the devil they are portrayed by the secular media.
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Ervin
21-11-2013 12:46am
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Who?
Which people are realizing it? Please, mention some cases that help you sustain your claims. To my head, I only can think of cases that make people think the Ikwan and/or their fellow terrorists are really the devil, for example, the today killing of the soldiers, being the last.
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