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CBSNewsPoll Egypt 021510

CBSNewsPoll Egypt 021510

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CBS News Poll on Egypt, Feb 15, 2011
CBS News Poll on Egypt, Feb 15, 2011

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CBS News PollFor release: Tuesday, February 15, 20116:30 p.m. ESTThe Events in Egypt and the U.S. Response
February 11-14, 2011
Americans rate President Obama positively for his handling of the Egyptian crisis,though many have no opinion.
They reject the idea of U.S. involvement in Egypt’s affairs now, and prefer the U.S. nottry to assist with democratic reforms there.
The public expresses cautious optimism about Egypt’s future: most think that country willeventually complete a transition to democracy, while concern lingers that a newgovernment could be unfriendly to the United States.
Looking more broadly, most think it is at least somewhat likely that Egypt’s uprisingscould spread to other nations elsewhere in the region.
The President and U.S. Involvement
President Obama nets a positive approval rating for his handling of the Egyptian crisis – thoughmore than one-quarter of Americans don’t have an opinion. Those who do have a viewpointapprove by a more than two-to-one margin.
President Obama’s Handling of Egypt Situation
All Dems Reps IndsApprove 50% 76% 33% 41%Disapprove 22 7 36 25Don’t know 28 17 31 34Some partisanship is involved here: most Democrats approve of the President, whileRepublicans are more mixed. More independents approve than disapprove.With former President Mubarak out of power, the public now wants the U.S. to stay out ofEgypt’s affairs. Only one-quarter think the U.S. should actively try to help Egypt institutedemocratic reforms.
U.S. Involvement in Egypt Now: What Should U.S. Do…?
Help Egypt make democratic reforms 26%Stay out of Egypt’s affairs 67On this, Democrats, Republicans and independents all agree. Majorities of all three also believethe U.S. does not have a general responsibility to promote democracy overseas.
Egypt’s Future
Most Americans think Egypt will likely complete its transition to democracy, but not overnight: just 7% say it is very likely to become a stable democracy within the next year. More say thattimeline is only somewhat likely.
Will Egypt Become a Stable Democracy Within Next Year?
Very likely 7%Somewhat likely 45Not very/not at all likely 41Almost seven in 10 Americans express at least some concern that a new Egyptian governmentcould be hostile toward the United States. Republicans are the most likely to be very concernedabout this.
Concerned A New Egyptian Gov’t Will Be Unfriendly to U.S.?
All Dems Reps IndsVery concerned 27% 22% 38% 25%Somewhat concerned 42 41 45 42Not very/not too concerned 28 36 16 29More than eight in ten Americans agree, however, that what happens in Egypt is important tothe U.S., including 46% who say events there are very important, and another 38% who callthem somewhat important.Americans mainly think of Egypt as friendly toward the U.S. – 46% do - though fewer, another25%, go so far as to call it an ally. Only 12% consider it unfriendly or an enemy.
Implications for the Region
Some observers have speculated about the impact Egypt’s revolution could have on othernations in the Middle East. Americans have mixed feelings: 43% say Egypt’s uprising makesthem more optimistic about the future of the broader Middle East, while 38% say the events ofthe last week bring pessimism. One in five doesn’t know.
Future of the Mid-East: Have Events in Egypt Made You Feel…
More optimistic 43%More pessimistic 38Don’t know 19Democrats say they feel more optimistic (57%) than pessimistic (31%). Republicans arereversed, with 47% pessimistic and 34% optimistic.Three in four Americans think it is at least somewhat likely that democratic uprisings will spreadfrom Egypt to other nations.
Will Uprisings for Democracy Spread to Other Nations Now?
Very likely 24%Somewhat likely 53Not very/not at all likely 13
But, perhaps reflecting the uncertainty still ahead, there is not much difference in optimismbetween those who think the uprisings will spread, and those who think they won’t.Most Americans are following the developments in Egypt – but not very closely. And almostone-third aren’t following much at all.
How Closely Are You Following Events in Egypt?
Very closely 27%Somewhat closely 42Not very/not too closely 29Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives positive ratings from the American public. 59%approve of the way she is handling her job as Secretary of State; while just 20% disapprove.Another one in five doesn’t have an opinion. __________________________________________________________________________ 
This poll was conducted by telephone on February 11-14, 2011 among 1031 adults nationwide. Phonenumbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to samplingfor results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error forsubgroups is higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council onPublic Polls.

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