Poll: 82% of Egyptians approve Sisi’s presidency

A poll by Baseera, The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research, indicated that 82 percent of Egyptians approve President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s performance.

In the first such poll since Sisi was appointed president in June, eight percent of those surveyed said they disapprove of his performance and 10 percent were undecided, according to Baseera’s website on Sunday.

The respondents were asked whether they would vote for Sisi if the presidential elections were held again tomorrow. They were also asked about changes to security, traffic, fuel availability, garbage removal, price controls and foreign relations, since he took office. 

Head of Baseera, Magdy Othman, said on Sunday that the presence of independent polling centers is a consequence of the current democratic period. Othman added that Baseera conducted a similar poll during the rule of former President Mohamed Morsi and published the results.

In May, Baseera conducted an opinion poll on the popularity of Field Marshal Sisi, concluding that he was more popular among those with intermediate education and less so among those with higher education. They asserted that Egyptians over 50 were most likely to support his presidential candidacy.

Baseera is an independent polling company, established in 2012.

Critics of such national polls commonly cite methodological issues, sampling, and leading questions among a number of issues. Often they make subjective assumptions based on quantitative data from a small section of the population.

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