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July 23, 2013 3:07 am

Poll: Egyptians Opposed to Muslim Brotherhood Protests

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Screen shot of Egyptian security forces squaring off against protestors in Cairo, Egypt in July 2013. Photo: CBS News.

A new poll shows that most Egyptians have no desire to see former President Mohamed Morsi return to power despite daily Muslim Brotherhood-organized protests that have filled the streets since his July 3 ouster.

The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research-Baseera survey found that 71 percent of Egyptians opposed the Brotherhood’s protests. A year of Morsi and the Brotherhood’s rigid policies and inflexibility that failed to address Egypt’s economic crisis has left many Egyptians frustrated.

“The real problem that we’re facing right now is from the time of President’s Morsi’s taking over, it has been a zero-sum political game. It is all or none and that is mainly the reason he was pushed out of power, because he would not share it with anyone else. He would not succumb to the opposition,” Wael Eskandar, an Egyptian blogger with Al Ahram, said in an interview with Russia Today. “And now that he has been pushed out of power, the same attitude prevails, that they are not willing to make compromise at all and the reason is because the organization is bent on dominating and pushing their way of politics. It is difficult to see any way out of this without any side compromising.”

The poll found that 78 percent of men and 65 percent of women disapproved of the protests. It also found that younger people are more sympathetic to the protests than their elders.

“[T]he people right now are [so] disenchanted with the MB that they are willing to accept anything but the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a sign of how polarized things are at the moment and how the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi made matters inside Egypt,” Eskandar said.

The poll was conducted with 2,214 adults across Egypt’s 27 governorates between July 20 and 21, and had a 3 percent margin of error.

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  • John Henry

    Yes all Egyptians are against the Muslim Brotherhood. The June 30th revolution comprised people, the police, the judges, the military everybody except 150 thousand only that belong to the Muslim Brotherhood which is part of a global terrorist organization. What the US claims that Egypt has democratically elected the Islamist president Morsi is a big lie; a lie that they also believed. The truth is that the hypocrite Obama has supported Morsi with billions of dollars before and during and after elections. This is an Obama supported president that’s all! He wants the Egyptians to keep him until their country is totally ruined. We are suffering now greatly from the one year he ruled. Anyway we can clearly see the style of democracy of the US. Let the US do what they want! They say that they will cut off the military aid. They forgot that it is part of the peace treaty with Israel! They will cut the aid and then say that Egypt has violated the peace treaty with Israel. This is the hypocrisy of the democracy of the United States.