Poll says Muslim Brotherhood has soured Americans on Egypt

The Islamic political party known as the Muslim Brotherhood has soured American attitudes towards Egypt, arguably America’s most important Arab … Continued

The Islamic political party known as the Muslim Brotherhood has soured American attitudes towards Egypt, arguably America’s most important Arab ally, since its candidate Mohamed Morsi won presidential elections there in June 2012.

That’s according to a poll released Friday (April 12) by the Arab American Institute in Washington D.C.

Morsi’s term has been dogged by charges that he opts for authoritarian measures such as martial law. Muslim-Christian clashes have also shadowed his term; there were clashes on April 5 in the town of Khosus that killed four Coptic Christians and one Muslim, and violence also marred the April 7 funeral for the Copts who were killed in that conflict.

According to the Institute’s poll of 2,300 likely voters, only 36 percent of Americans had favorable views of Egypt, down from 66 percent in 1997. At least some of the decline has been attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood, which won Egypt’s parliamentary elections in January 2012, and to Morsi himself, who won the presidency last June by a 52-48 percent margin.

The poll, which was conducted in March, also found a huge gap in Americans’ favorability ratings of the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslims themselves.

Americans had far more favorable views of Muslims than the Muslim Brotherhood. The survey found that 40 percent of Americans had favorable views of Muslims, while only four percent of Americans saw the election victories of the Muslim Brotherhood as a positive development.

Other key findings from the survey:

* More than half of Americans (53 percent) believe the Muslim Brotherhood is not committed to democracy while 15 percent said they were.

* Nearly one-third of Americans,(32 percent) said they would be less likely to visit an Egypt governed by the Muslim Brotherhood, compared to five percent who said they would be more likely to visit.

* Almost half of Americans (47 percent) said the U.S. should stop providing financial aid to Egypt while it is governed by the Muslim Brotherhood, while 22 percent the aid should continue.

“President Mohamed Morsi needs to acknowledge the deep and longstanding problem of sectarian violence in Egypt and take decisive steps to address it before it escalates further,” said Nadim Houry, deputy director for the North Africa and Middle East program at Human Rights Watch.

In a statement, Houry also called on the Egyptian government to reform laws that discriminate against Christians’ right to worship.

Egypt’s new constitution, which took effect in December 2012, explicitly recognizes the right of Christians to have their own places of worship. But the Morsi government has not erased an earlier law that requires Christians, and no other religious group, to obtain a presidential decree in order to build a new church.

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  • xexon

    What do the American people know about the Muslim Brotherhood that our zionist controlled press hasn’t told them?

    Depite what people think they know, there are many moderates that compose the Muslim Brotherhood. They want a stable Egypt. They want to live in peace. They’re too busy working towards that goal to mess with Israel.

    Which is what this is all “really” about. Israel. A nuclear armed schoolyard bully with nukes and a chip on their shoulder. You don’t think the Egyptians have cause to worry about this neighbor? Yes they do.

    We in the US should stay out of this and let these two nations equalize their problems by themselves.

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  • ThoughtfulTed

    What threat has Israel ever been to Egypt since the peace treaty was signed?

    None, Zilch, Nada,

    Zero.

    Save your BS for the Anrtisemitic websites you frequent.

    You freak.

    Let us know when the moderates get any real power.

    Does the Zionist controlled press also control what Egypt and Egyptians do?

    Perhaps the Zionist controlled US press engineered the Egyptian elections, the riots, the killings, the burning of churches.

    Or, maybe, they staged the whole thing on the same set they used for the fake moon landing.

    Really makes you wonder and think, huh.

  • xexon

    A peace treaty signed by a western puppet. Not the Egyptian people. And not by someone who represented the Egyptian people.

    That treaty has to be rethought now.

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