Poll: 60% of Egyptians want peace with Israel to remain

April 7, 2011 19:16

Study conducted by UN-affiliated group also finds that if presidential elections were held today in Egypt, Amr Moussa would win, 'WSJ' reports.

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Amr Moussa at World Economic Forum

Amr Moussa pensive (R) 311. (photo credit:Reuters)

A majority of Egyptians do not favor radical changes in their government's foreign relations, including peace with Israel, a poll conducted by the United Nations-affiliated International Peace Institute shows, according to a report published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

The poll found that more than 60 percent of those polled are in favor of Egypt honoring its peace treaty with Israel as long as it ensures the creation of a Palestinian state.

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"Maintaining and advancing peace with Israel has far wider appeal than a rupture in relations," The Wall Street Journal quoted the report as saying.

The IPI also found that around 80% of respondents expressed a favorable impression of Egypt's former foreign minister Amr Moussa and that the secular Wafd Party emerged as the most popular political group.

If a presidential election were held in Egypt today, Moussa would win 37 percent of the vote, according to the poll.

In contrast, only two percent of those polled expressed support for former head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei.

On the economy, the poll found that 82% of respondents want Cairo to continue to pursue economic liberalization and open up to foreign trade.

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