Egyptians remain upbeat


A year later, Egyptians remain optimistic. Photo by Mark O’ Cúlar

A year after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak and a few weeks ahead of historic presidential elections, a new nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Projects finds that Egyptians remain upbeat about the course of the nation and prospects for progress.  Most Egyptians continue to want democracy, with two-in-three saying it is the best form of government.  However, Egyptians also want Islam to play a major role in society. Most believe the Quran should shape the country’s laws.

The survey of 1,000 Egyptian adults, conducted between March 19 and April 10, 2012, also finds:

  • Parties and Organizations: Seven-in-ten Egyptians express a favorable view of the Muslim Brotherhood. Most (56%) also have a positive opinion of the Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
  • Leaders: Presidential contender Amr Moussa receives overwhelmingly positive marks, with 81% expressing a positive opinion of the former foreign minister and Arab League chief. Moderate Islamist presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh also receives high marks (61%).
  • United States: The survey finds little change in Egyptian perceptions of the United States. Only 19% offer a positive rating of the U.S. and just 29% express confidence in President Obama.


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