A broad based analysis of Egyptian public opinion by Lisa Blaydes and Drew Linzerhow... concluded that 60 percent of Egyptians have fundamentalist views, while just 20 percent are secular
in their orientation.
Egyptians also support a more expansive role for Islam in Egyptian life.
85 percent – say Islam’s influence in politics is positive. Only 2 percent say its influence is negative. Not surprisingly, almost two-thirds of Egyptians told Zogby that Egyptian life would improve when clerics play a more central role in the political life of the country
Egyptians also support the central elements of Shariah Law. For example, 84 percent say that apostates, or those who forsake Islam, should face the death penalty...
Further, the Egyptian people clearly support a political agenda that can only be described as radical
. More than 7 in 10 said they were positive toward Iran getting nuclear weapons in a July 2010 Zogby Poll
80 percent favor abrogating the Camp David accords with Israel
A significant number of Egyptians are favorable to terrorist organizations
Given this data it is no shock that the only group in Egyptian society that has any broad based support is the Muslim Brotherhood
...the Egyptian people are strongly favorable towards the Muslim Brotherhood. A study conducted in 2009 by WorldPublicOpinion.org shows that 64 percent have positive views of the Muslim Brotherhood
, while just 16 percent have negative views. Just 22 percent believe they are too extreme
and not genuinely democratic.
Indeed, the only party to defy expectations was the Brotherhood, which managed to win 20 percent of the seats contested in the 2005 Parliamentary elections
. That was the last time they had any sort of legitimate chance to compete for votes.
Neutral observers believe that in a fair election, the Muslim Brotherhood would have won a much higher percentage of seats both in 2005 and 2010
Secular parties have always done less well in Egypt, and the available evidence has consistently shown that there is little if any support for conventional, secular, democratic parties...
What does this mean for the United States? Almost certainly the next Egyptian government will be hostile to the United States and will pursue policies that are inimical to our interests
. In the Zogby poll, 85 percent called themselves unfavorable to the United States and 92 percent described America as one of the two greatest threats to Egyptian interests in the world. The Pew polling bears this point out.
The Pew poll similarly found that the Egyptian people were unfavorable to the U.S. by an 82 percent to 17 percent margin
. A survey conducted by Gallup last year shows that just 19 percent approve of the job the United States has played providing leadership around the globe...
And if anything, these attitudes are likely to grow more radical and more hostile over the next few months
. Probably one of the most important, and poorly understood reasons... has been the penetration of satellite dishes and the growing influence of Al Jazeera.
More than three-quarters of Egyptians now have satellite dishes. Young people use them to get their news principally from Al Jazeera, whose interest in and deference to Islamic fundamentalist and extremist views cannot be underestimated.
ElBaradei has generated little broad-based support in the country, and the explicit rejection of his candidacy by the Muslim Brotherhood could be its death knell.
Make no mistake, the Obama administration needs to face up to the reality of what is most likely coming in Egypt
Douglas E. Schoen has advised four former Israeli Prime Ministers over the last 30 years, including Prime Minister Menachem, beginning in the aftermath of the signing of the Camp David Accords. He also advised Prime Minister Tancu Ciller of Turkey between 1994-1996.
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