Support for Egyptian cabinet declines: Poll

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Nov 2013

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

Hazem El-Beblawi
Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi gestures during a news conference in Abu Dhabi October 27, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

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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