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Egyptians Deeply Pessimistic About the Country’s Future


Egyptians are increasingly dissatisfied about their country’s economy and pessimistic about their collective future, according to a new poll by Pew. 62 percent of those polled are unhappy with the way the country is going, up from 41 percent last year, and 34 percent the year before. The current level of public dissatisfaction is close to the 69 percent level measured by polls on the eve of Mubarak’s overthrow.

The numbers on “national economic conditions” are equally bleak. 76 percent of respondents thought conditions were “bad,” up from 71 percent a year ago . Few Egyptians believe economic conditions will improve in the next 12 months and just 12 percent think their living conditions are improving. Only 39 percent of Egyptians believe that the country is better off now that Mubarak is gone.

A recent Bloomberg story paints an accurate picture of the dark days into which Egypt has descended. The reporters visited a metalwork shop in Cairo. They spoke to the owner, who makes machine parts by day and bootleg guns at night. “Fear is big business nowadays,” he told them. “People buy the guns because they’re afraid. People buy the guns because they want to scare others. We’re in a jungle now.”

But one Egyptian institution remains the lord of that jungle. According to the Pew poll, 73 percent of Egyptians have a favorable view of the army.

[Egyptian flag image courtesy of Shutterstock]

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  • Lorenz Gude

    Morsi reportedly undermined the power of the Army by replacing the top people with Brotherhood people. But maybe it isn’t that simple.

    • Corlyss

      We’ve heard all thru the Arab Spring the caveat that the people yearning for democracy or freedom don’t know how to govern, so they lose out to the better organized MB-types, whether it’s Hamas or Hezbollah or Morsi. Well, it looks like they don’t know how to govern either. They’re still way too tribal to be a government of disparate interests. They don’t play and work well with others unless death to opponents is the end object of the collaboration. There has to be more to life for the average Yussef in Arab states than killing their enemies.

  • Luke Lea

    As in so much of the rest of the Middle East these are the keys:

    It’s unfortunate but true and wishing the facts away won’t help solve the problem.

    • Jim Luebke

      Didn’t the Tribunes of ancient Rome get their names from the tribes they were elected to represent?

      Perhaps the mistake is to try to impose a 20th-century constitution… one that recognizes the realities of existing power structures may have more luck.

  • Corlyss

    I know this is a serious matter, but I can’t resist this musical observation:

  • ojfl

    Interestingly they voted for their leadership.

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