Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s job approval rating hit an all-time low in
March according to a new poll by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research
The poll, carried out by phone March 27-28, showed that 47
percent of Egyptians thought he was doing well, compared to a 78% rate after his
first 100 days in power. The poll also found that he had a 45% disapproval
rating – supporting news reports of a divided public – and 8% were
A report by Magued Osman, published with the findings, stated
that those with a university degree had a significantly lower opinion of the
president compared to those with less than a high school degree, who support
Morsi at a rate of 51%.
However, the results also demonstrated that there
is no viable alternative to Morsi and that he still would gain the majority of
support, as 37% said they would vote for him if new elections were held. Only 8%
said they would back the previous second place candidate, Ahmed
Other potential candidates would receive minimal support, the
poll showed. Mohamed ElBaradei, a leader in the National Salvation Front, a
coalition of opposition parties, had only 1% approval, the same amount
registered by the former president, Hosni Mubarak. The survey found 60% of
Egyptians do not support the NSF.
Another significant finding was that
out of those who said they would not vote for Morsi in new elections, two-thirds
did not know whom they would vote for instead.
The poll sampled 2,202
Egyptians age 18 and older. The response rate was 73% and the margin of error
was less than 3%.
Around 54% were rural residents and 46% urban. Almost
an equal number of men and women were polled and around 52% came from the lowest
of three economic brackets defined in the poll.