A survey by the Pew Research Centre in Washington has shown that the majority of Egyptians are supportive of President Mohammad Morsi’s regime, despite a decline of confidence in the Muslim Brotherhood, to which the President belongs.
The poll, published on Thursday, revealed that 30 per cent of Egyptians believe that their country is heading in the right direction, compared to 53 per cent last year, and 56 per cent in 2011. Moreover, only 39 per cent believe that conditions are better than what they were during President Hosni Mubarak’s rule.
The survey was based on personal interviews with 1,000 individuals, and was carried out during the period between 3rd – 23rd March 2013. It attempted to shed light on the rapid changes taking place on the political stage before the upcoming parliamentary elections, which will most likely be held at the end of the year.
According to the figures revealed by the survey, the number of Egyptians who have a positive image of the Muslim Brotherhood has declined from 75 per cent in 2011 to 63 per cent, and 53 per cent expressed a positive opinion of President Morsi, while 43 per cent were negative.
Furthermore, the survey revealed that almost half of the Egyptian population view the Freedom and Justice Party positively, whereas most viewed the National Salvation Front negatively. Less than half of the participants in the survey had a positive opinion of Hamdeen Sabahi and Mohamed El-Baradei, both leaders of the National Salvation Front.