CAIRO: Eighty-five percent of Egyptians approved of the recent air strike against the Islamic State group’s hideouts in Libya, 8 percent were against it while 7 percent were undecided, according to a survey carried out by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera) Monday.
According to the survey, 76 percent of the Egyptians approved of another wave of air strikes against the group’s targets in Libya in the future, while 11 percent disapproved.
The survey was conducted Monday, a few hours after media outlets reported the news about the Egyptian air force’s strike on IS targets in Libya following the release of a video confirming of the beheading of 21 Egyptian nationals in Libya the day before.
According to the survey, 30 percent of the Egyptians believed that following the air strike, there would be an escalation of the IS group’s attacks against Egypt, 38 percent said the escalation would decrease, 27 percent were undecided while 5 percent said there would be no change in the pace of the attacks.
Also 43 percent of Egyptians described the results of the air strike as “sufficient,” while 31 percent described it as “inadequate,” said the report.
The survey, which was conducted through the phone, covered a sample of 1,214 Egyptians nationwide aged 18 and above.