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.