Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Polls: Egyptian public dissatisfied with level of freedom

By Peyton Craighill

The demonstrations sweeping Egypt are driven by high public dissatisfaction with levels of freedom and political participation. Public opinion polls from the Gallup Organization in Egypt in 2009 and 2010 rank the country near the bottom of the world on these key measures of democratization.

The most recent Egyptian data from March 2010 finds just 36 percent saying they are satisfied with the freedom available in their country and 61 percent are dissatisfied. That ranks Egypt fourth highest in dissatisfaction among the 151 countries polled by Gallup (only Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cuba and Madagascar showed higher dissatisfaction).

Data from 2009 are almost as bad; 28 percent of Egyptians said that elections in the country are honest and 61 percent said they are not, ranking 37th among countries polled. Another 68 percent said corruption is widespread throughout the government, ranking 86th on the world scale. (Government corruption ranks much higher in other Central African countries.)

There are several relevant Gallup questions that are not asked in Egypt like confidence in the national government, the judiciary, the military and approval of their leadership. The fact that these questions are too sensitive to even ask helps explain the dissatisfaction with the level of freedom.

Perhaps the most striking finding in the 2010 Gallup poll is the fact that only 4 percent of the public said they had voiced their opinion to a public official in the past month. That ranks Egypt dead last among the 151 countries polled.

For more public opinion data on democracy in Egypt see the recent release from the Pew Global Attitudes Project.

By Peyton Craighill  | February 1, 2011; 12:56 PM ET
Categories:  International polls  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Data retread: can a Mormon win?
Next: Romney, not Huntsman, top choice among Utah GOP

No comments have been posted to this entry.

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.

characters remaining

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company