Baseera poll: Almost half of Egyptians do not know date of elections
Baseera poll Members - Photo courtesy of Baseera Official Facebook page
By RANY MOSTAFA

CAIRO: In an opinion poll conducted last week by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera), 48 percent of the respondents said that they do not know the date of Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections.

The opinion poll showed that 34 percent of the respondents know the correct date of the presidential elections while 18 percent of them said the wrong date, CEO and Director of Baseera and former Minister of Communication and Information Technology Magued Osman said on ONTV channel Saturday.

A total of 43 percent of the respondents who know the correct date were 50 years old or older while 24 percent of them were between 18-29 years old.

“Mass media should to be blamed for the fact that almost half of the Egyptian population do not know the correct date of the upcoming presidential elections scheduled in less than 10 days,” Osman said.

In a multiple answers-based question about the most important things that the respondents demand from Egypt’s next president, 60 percent of the respondents chose “restoring security,” 40 percent said “providing job opportunities,” 29 percent said “improving the country’s conditions,” and 25 percent said “raising the standard of living.”

A total of 16 percent of the respondents said they demand “social justice,” 9 percent said they demand “supervision over prices,” while 3 percent demanded “improving education standards,” and only 1 percent demanded “improving the scientific research.”

People became more concerned about “security issues” following the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and its consequences that led to an unprecedented security lapse, former Head of Psychological and Sociological Studies at Al Fayoum University Nabila Abbas told The Cairo Post.

“The poll opinion reflects that Egyptians are aware of the importance of restoring security in Egypt. Economic growth and security are two sides of the same coin,” Abbas said.

The poll showed that 88 percent of Egyptians will take part in the upcoming presidential elections, 75 percent will vote for presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, 2 percent for the other candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, 15 percent are undecided, and 7 percent refused to answer.

Director of Baseera said that during the 2012 presidential elections, Baseera conducted an opinion poll regarding the percentage of Egyptians intend to participate in the elections.

He said 89 percent of the then-respondents said that they will participate and according to Al-Ahram the turnout in the first round of voting was 43.4 percent.

The results of the poll opinion also showed that 50 percent of those who said they will participate in the elections have not read, watched, or heard about the electoral platform of the candidate they were voting for.

The results of the poll indicated that 58 percent of respondents watched TV interviews of the two presidential candidates Sisi and Sabbahi during the past few weeks. A total of 87 percent of those who watched the interviews said they were beneficial.

The poll was conducted across the 27 Egyptian governorates on May 10 and 11. Baseera spoke with 2,000 respondents over 18 years old via landline and mobile phone, Osman said. The response rate was approximately 63 percent, while the results’ margin of error is less than 3 percent.

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