US still unpopular in Egypt: Poll surveys

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 14:09

Washington: Political change in Egypt has
done little to improve the opinion that Egyptians have of the United States, according to a poll.

Only 22 per cent of Egyptians said that the United
States had a positive impact on the political situation in
Egypt, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Research
Centre.

According to the survey, 39 per cent said the United
States had a negative impact, and 35 per cent said that it had
neutral impact.

Washington, which was closely tied to the
authoritarian regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, is
supporting the transition to democracy in Egypt.

Yet 79 per cent of those asked in the Pew survey had
an unfavourable view of the United States, a tiny change from
82 per cent in a similar poll in 2010. Twenty per cent have a
favourable view of the United States against 17 percent in
last year`s poll.
In a key June 2009 speech in Cairo, President Barack
Obama called for better relations between the United States
and the Muslim world.

Yet according to the poll, 64 per cent have little or
no confidence in Obama -- up from 59 per cent in 2010 --
against 35 percent who have a lot or some confidence in him,
up from 33 per cent last year.

More broadly, 52 percent of those polled disapprove
the way Obama is handling calls for political change in places
like Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Libya, against 45 per cent
who approve.

Among those who disapprove, 42 per cent say that Obama
has been too timid in showing support for those calling for
change.

Concerning bilateral relations, 40 per cent of those
surveyed want Egypt to maintain relations unchanged with the
United States and 15 percent are hoping closer ties, against
43 per cent who want Cairo to distance itself from Washington.

Separately, 77 per cent of those surveyed said that
Mubarak`s resignation was a good thing, and 65 per cent are
satisfied with the way things are going in Egypt.

The Pew Global Attitudes Project survey was conducted
March 24-April 7 in personal interviews with a representative
sample of 1,000 adults in Egypt. The survey has a plus or
minus 4 per cent margin of error.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 14:09

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