April 27, 2011

Egyptians High On Democracy, Low On U.S.

Highly informative poll from Pew:

Only 20% of Egyptians hold a favorable opinion of the United States, which is nearly identical to the 17% who rated it favorably in 2010. Better educated and younger Egyptians have a slightly more positive attitude toward the U.S. than do other Egyptians.

Ratings for U.S. President Barack Obama are also basically unchanged from last year – currently, 35% of Egyptians express confidence in Obama to do the right thing in world affairs, compared with 33% in 2010. The American president gets more negative than positive reviews for how he is handling the political changes sweeping through the Middle East: 52% disapprove of how Obama is dealing with the calls for political change in nations such as Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain, and Libya. A plurality of those who disapprove say Obama has shown too little support for those who are calling for change.

When asked specifically about the U.S. response to the political situation in Egypt, 39% say the U.S. has had a negative impact, while just 22% say it has had a positive effect, and 35% volunteer that the U.S. has neither positively nor negatively influenced the situation in their country.

Looking to the future, few Egyptians (15%) want closer ties with the U.S., while 43% would prefer a more distant relationship, and 40% would like the relationship between the two countries to remain about as close as it has been in recent years.

More details here.

These figures stand a good chance of duplicating outside of Egypt. Another unfavorable sign for U.S. policy across the region.


  1. These numbers will change even more against the favor of U.S.A. an O.
    Once the West gets even more entrenched in Libya.

    Egypt and all of MENA will see the real colors of these "revolutions".
    Especially in Libya.
    Iraq/Af/Pak has come to N/Africa.

  2. http://www.businessinsider.com/eventually-everyone-will-turn-on-israel-2011-4

  3. U.S. foreign policy is in serious trouble. More disturbingly, U.S. officials appear under the impression that the Obama administration's response has been quick, consistent and successful. This overt front is a mixture of defensiveness and panic. Perhaps the Palestinians have needed a weak America rather than a strong America to finally extract a fair two-state solution from Israel.

  4. I was thinking the same thing about Palestine.
    Egypt will most likely move away from the West, once the military is no longer in power.
    Israel is skating on thin ice.
    They should go back to their 67 border, while they still have a 67 border. :-)

  5. http://realityzone-realityzone.blogspot.com/2011/04/palestinian-reconciliation-sends-shock.html