May 18, 2011

Egyptian Views of Democracy

54 to 32

By a 22-point margin, Egyptians choose democracy over stability.

A 54%-majority of Egyptians say it is more important for their country to have a democratic government, even if there is some risk of political instability. Nearly a third (32%) say it is more important for their country to have a stable government, even if there is some risk it will not be fully democratic. Also, fully 71% of Egyptians now say democracy is preferable to any other kind of government, up from 60% in 2010. Democracy is also prioritized over a strong leader by a 64%-to-34% margin. But when a good democracy is tested against a strong economy, the result is a 47%-to-49% draw. Read More