Egyptians oppose theocracy - poll

2011-06-05 18:20

Cairo - A new poll finds a majority of Egyptians do not support Egypt's most powerful Islamic group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and less than one percent want an Iran-style Islamic theocracy.

The Gallup poll conducted after the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak found that while 69% of Egyptians want religious leaders to have an "advisory role" in new legislation, most do not want a government based in religion.

Only 15% said that they support the Muslim Brotherhood, while more than 60% showed no political preference. The poll, conducted in April, surveyed 1 000 Egyptians nationwide and had a margin of three percentage points.

It appears to contradict a widely held view that the Muslim Brotherhood will be a big winner in upcoming parliamentary elections.

  • jovie - 2011-06-05 18:53

    Headline is misleading. Get a Data analyst to check the interpretations instead of a loaded journo! 60% showed no political preference. They might not want an Iranian revolution but 60% don't want a political party - Go Figure what that 60% want!

  • zaatheist - 2011-06-06 04:39

    At last. We are in the age of enlightenment and increasingly people around the world are turning away from bronze age superstitions and rejecting subjudication by mammon loving pastors, priest, immams, ayatollahs and popes. More and more I have come to regard religious people as children who have yet to grow up, their inability to face up to the reality of death is evidence of that. As children there were things that frightened us and our parents told us comforting stories to help us with our fears. Some of us grew into adults and no longer needed those stories to get by. Religious people, on the other hand, physically became adults, but mentally remained children, still dependant on comforting stories in order to be able to face up to the realities of life. = Paula Kirby

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