54% of Egyptians still undecided on presidential choice

News article, posted 04.24.2012, from Egypt, in:
54% of Egyptians still undecided on presidential choice (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

A recently conducted poll shows that while former Muslim Brotherhood leader Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh and former Arab League chief Amr Moussa head the presidential field ahead of elections scheduled for May, 54 percent of Egyptians have still not settled on a candidate. 75 percent of the undecided hold a diploma while 43 percent have a university degree.

The poll, conducted by new pollster Baseera and published on Tuesday exclusively in Al-Masry Al-Youm, interviewed 2,129 Egyptian citizens comprising different economic backgrounds and living in various governorates. The polling concluded on 19 April.

According to the poll, Abouel Fotouh was on top with 15 percent support, followed by Moussa with 12 percent. Behind them were former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq with six percent and Karama Party head Hamdeen Sabbahi with five percent.

The Muslim Brotherhood's nominee, Mohamed Morsy, received only 1.5 percent support, and Islamist lawyer Mohamed Selim al-Awa, another prominent candidate, only 1.3.

The results contradict a different poll conducted by Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies from 14 to 17 April, which had Moussa pacing the field with 40 percent and Abouel Fotouh in second with 25.2 percent.

Respondents with university degrees preferred Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh by 26 percent versus 10 percent for Amr Moussa, while 12 percent of respondents with diplomas preferred Moussa versus five percent for Abouel Fotouh.

Holders of a high school certificate were split evenly between both candidates.

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