Poll: 27% satisfied with government

In a new poll released by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research, Baseera, on Tuesday, diverging opinions were given about the cabinet performance. 

The poll revealed that 27 percent of Egyptians rated the cabinet performance as “good”, while 20 percent rated it as “bad”, with the majority of 38 percent rating it as “average” and some 16 percent saying they don’t know. 

The poll was conducted on a sample of 2000 people by phone between 28 and 30 January. 

The poll shows higher levels of satisfaction with government performance in rural areas, where it reached 29 percent, compared to 24 percent in urban areas. 

According to Baseera, which publicized the results in a press release, the numbers reflect an improvement from results published back in November, when only 20 percent of Egyptians were satisfied with government performance, with 19 percent rating it as bad and 27 percent deeming it average. 

The poll also shows more satisfaction among university-educated people with government performance, where 20 percent expressed satisfaction, compared to 31 percent of people with less than intermediate education.

Twenty two percent showed satisfaction with Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi’s performance, while 22 percent rated it as “bad”. The youth, aged 18 to 29, were the most unhappy with his performance, with 20 percent of them satisfied, as opposed to 25 percent of Egyptians aged 50 or above registering their satisfaction with the prime minister’s work. 

Forty nine percent of respondents said they feel secure, according to the poll, compared to 41 percent in December and 58 percent in October. According to the poll, more people feel secure in rural areas (53 percent) compared to urban areas (44 percent), and among men (56 percent) compared to women (43 percent). 

The current government was appointed by the military council in the aftermath of the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power in July 3. For the last few months, this government overlooked the unfolding of the roadmap designed by the military, which started off with the rewriting of the constitution, its passing through a referendum and the soon-to-come presidential elections. 

Throughout this pro-military government, ongoing violence was witnessed with a deepening rift between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood. The period has been marked mostly by repeated terrorist attacks and what human rights defenders dub as a concerted crackdown on dissent. 

Baseera is an independent polling firm established in 2012.

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