Egypt: 35% of Egyptians support the Muslim Brotherhood, MENA

Egypt: 35% of Egyptians support the Muslim Brotherhood, MENA

Mena : Ukraine | Sep 25, 2011 at 10:04 PM PDT
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Thirty-five percent of Egyptians say they support the Islamic brotherhood of the Muslim Brotherhood and 58% fail to elect a president of a different faith, according to a poll released Sunday by the official MENA news agency.

The survey was conducted by the Center for information and support in decision-making (IDSC), which depends on the cabinet.

"According to the survey, 35% of Egyptians support the Muslim Brotherhood while 21% oppose it," according to Mena.

Founded in 1928 and banned in 1954, the Muslim Brotherhood were tolerated in the matter under the Mubarak regime, although they have often been subjected to campaigns of arrest. They are now considered the best organized political force in the country.

After the fall of Hosni Mubarak in February, the Brotherhood formed a legal political party to participate openly in elections. Under Mubarak, had fielded candidates under the label of independent.

Meanwhile, "58% of Egyptians said they were opposed to electing a president who is not of their religion," says Mena. In contrast, a similar proportion (60%) of respondents are willing to elect a member who is not the same confession.

Three-quarters of Egyptians consider the population as religious (73%) and refuse that religion is not mentioned on the ID card (76%).

Finally, 78% believe that the relationship between Christians and Muslims in Egypt is not problematic, and 50% believe that "outsiders" are the cause of the recent sectarian incidents.

Egypt knows regular incidents of religion, often fueled by neighborhood quarrels, controversies around Coptic women prevented from converting to Islam or the building of churches without permits.

Coptic Christians, who represent nearly 10% of the 80 million Egyptians say they face discrimination and have been targeted by several attacks.

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Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans during a protest in Cairo
Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans during a protest in Cairo
rsa76 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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