New Post-Morsi Poll Shows Egyptian Attitudes toward US Continue to Decline
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, September 01, 2013, 05:46 PM EDT
Though news of unrest from Egypt has been eclipsed by events in Syria, Egypt remains a vitally important country. As the largest Arab country, the attitudes of Egyptians count, especially as the US potentially deepens its role in Syria.
A new Zogby Research poll on Egyptian Attitudes in the Post-Tamarrud, Post-Morsi Era, conducted in the second half of July 2013, shows that favorable ratings toward the US and President Obama are at 1% and 3%, respectively. Conducted as a follow up to the June 2013 Egyptian Attitudes Toward Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, this new poll is a nationwide face-to-face sur¬vey of 5,042 Egyptian adults, and the most comprehensive study of Egyptian attitudes conducted.
“What we found in the July poll is that Egyptian attitudes toward both their internal political situation and their relationship with the United States are conflicted and in flux,” said Arab American Institute President and Zogby Research Services Director James Zogby. “For its part, the United States needs to understand that its role in Egypt has been seriously compromised by its past behavior.”
Some key findings:
• Back in May 2013, 82% of all Egyptians said they been hopeful at the time of the 2011 revolution, yet only 36% remained hopeful about developments in their country. Today, following Tamarrud and the deposing of President Morsi, the percentage of Egyptians who say they feel hopeful has jumped to 68%.
• Despite divisions on the Egyptian military takeover, a remarkable 93% of all adults retain confidence in the military as an institution, an attitude shared by Egyptians across the political spectrum—Islamists and secu¬larists alike.
• Confidence in the military stands in contrast to attitudes towards all of Egypt’s political parties—none of which can claim the confidence of more than 25% of the public.
• President Obama, who had earned high marks among Egyptians following his 2009 “Address to the Muslim World” delivered at the University of Cairo, has now dropped to a 3% positive rating. Confidence in the United States is at 1%.
• Egyptians are divided on the matter of how important it is for their country to have good rela-tions with the United States, with 48% saying it is important and 51% saying it is not important.
• Two-thirds of all Egyptians feel that the United States was too supportive of President Morsi. More than 8 in 10 feel that “Egypt was harmed by the US policy of support for Morsi.”
• When asked about their reactions to some American politicians’ calls to “suspend US aid until there is a legitimately elected government in Egypt,” 18% respond that “it makes me happy;” 24% say “it makes me angry;” but 56% say they “don’t care, because Egypt doesn’t need US aid.
• Only 36% agree that the United States has some understanding of Egypt and its people, while 62% say that the United States has little or none.