Most Egyptians satisfied with interim government: Poll

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Oct 2013

Opinion poll conducted in September shows Egyptians satisfied with performance of interim leaders and feel safer than month before

Hazem el-Beblawi gov

Most Egyptians are reasonably satisfied with the interim administration, an opinion poll has shown.

Over one third of Egyptians (37 percent) said the performance of the country's interim leaders was "good," while half said it was "average," according to the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera).

The poll, which was conducted in September, found 18 percent of respondents in urban governorates thought the government's performance was "poor," ratings which were lower in rural areas (13-14 percent).

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was deposed by the army on 3 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 lead to parliamentary and presidential polls by early next year.

According to Baseera, 1,724 adults from across Egypt's 27 governorates were questioned by telephone on 25 and 26 September. It claims the poll's margin of error is less than 3 percent.

The poll found older respondents were more content than younger people. Forty-four percent of over 50s said the government's performance was "good," while only 31 percent of 18-29 year olds said the same.

Education levels significantly affected people's assessment, with 30 percent of university graduates saying the government's performance was "good," compared to 41 percent of high school graduates or those with less formal education.

Since Morsi's demise, hundreds have been killed in street violence, and militants in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel, have launched almost daily attacks on soldiers and police, killing dozens.

Based on the report's findings, 66 percent of Egyptians still feel safe compared to 34 percent who voiced their sense of insecurity. In August, a modest 27 percent of people polled said they felt safe, compared to 73 percent who expressed misgivings over the security situation.

While the country's economy has been hammered by deepening political turmoil that has driven away foreign investors, a good few people believe they have not been negatively affected.

Thirty-one percent said their economic status had improved, 38 percent said it remained the same, 30 percent said it had got worse, and one percent said they "weren't sure."

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