Support for Egypt Brotherhood and Morsi dwindling: ZRS

Ahram Online, Monday 17 Jun 2013

According to Zogby Research Services (ZRS) poll, 94% of Egyptians express confidence in army, compared to 28% in President Morsi and 26% in Brotherhood

File photo: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi arrives in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (Photo:AP)

Zogby Research Services (ZRS) has released a poll assessing President Morsi's popularity one year after his inauguration, finding a drop in popularity from 57% to 28% over the course of the year.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which garnered 47% of total parliamentary seats in 2011, currently holds a popularity rate of 26%, the poll’s findings suggest.

The survey sample consisted of 5,029 Egyptian adults nationwide and was conducted from 4 April to 12 May 2013, ZRS explained.

In a survey conducted one year ago by the same institute, 57% of Egyptians said Morsi’s victory was either “a positive development” or “the result of a democratic election and the results need to be respected,” in comparison to only 28% this year.

The National Salvation Front (NSF), the main opposition coalition, holds 35% support, while 40% of the total population do not have confidence in either the government or any political party, the poll revealed.  

The survey also stated that 94% of Egyptians expressed confidence in the army.

The survey's results precede anticipated mass demonstrations on 30 June, which will demand early presidential elections.

The anti-Morsi 'Rebel' campaign – the first group to call for demonstrations – was launched in May with the intention to precipitate elections by collecting 15 million signatures in a vote of "no confidence" in Morsi.  Morsi was  elected one year ago with 13 million votes.

The campaign, which announced 29 May that seven million signatures had already been collected, called for the mass protests to coincide with Morsi's first anniversary in power. The campaign has accused the president's administration of "failing to implement policies that improve the life of ordinary people."

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