Poll: 28 pct of Egyptians support Mursi, 35 pct back opposition

Saturday, June 15, 2013 9:37 PM 
Screenshot from the Arab American Institute website

A recent poll conducted by the Arab American Institute showed that only 28 percent of participants in the poll support President Mohamed Mursi, his cabinet and the Muslim Brotherhood, the Huffington Post reported.

Thirty-five percent of the participants expressed their support for the opposition (the National Salvation Front and April 6 Movement), institute founder and president James Zogby said on Saturday. 

The rest of the participants expressed their lack of confidence in both the government and the opposition.

In spite of their limited supporter base, the president and his group control all legislative and executive decision-making institutions, Zogby stated.

These institutions are used to attack the press, civil society and most forms of protest.

The poll was conducted in the form of face-to-face interviews with 5,092 Egyptian adults nationwide during the period between 4 April and 12 May 2013.

Seventy percent of those who took the poll believed that the Muslim Brotherhood intends to “Islamise” the state and take full control of executive power.

The poll showed that the Egyptian opposition has trouble in leadership and coordination issues.

The Egyptian army has the trust of 94 percent of the participants although the majority do not approve of its interference in civil affairs, the poll showed.

The poll's detailed results will be announced on Monday at a press conference in Washington D.C.

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