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Poll on the US President 's Visit to Egypt

June 2009

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Poll Objectives
This poll intends to identify:
1 Public awareness of the US President's visit to Egypt.

2
Public insight about the US President's speech.

3 Public input about the impact of the visit on the


relations between the US and both Egypt and
Muslim world.

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Methodology
A uni-stage stratified sample was designed covering adults (18+) in Egyptian
households having landline telephones nationwide . Relative weights were used to
represent adults according to their actual representation in the society, and according to
certain demographic characteristics.
Data was collected through telephone interviews on 5th - 6th June 2009. Telephone
interviews were conducted in morning (11am- 4 pm), and evening shifts (4.30 pm –
8.30 pm).
Number of actual responses came to 1721, and the refusal rate reached 9%.
Statistical data processing was conducted using the Statistical Package for Social
Science (SPSS), in addition to the qualitative analysis of the open-ended questions.
According to the results of the poll, the sampling error was calculated at 95%
confidence rate, and therefore the sampling error for this poll equals ± 1.9%.
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Poll Results
Respondents' Awareness of the US President Barack Obama's Visit to Egypt

Did you know that US President Barack Obama was on a visit to Egypt today/yesterday?

No Yes
19% 81%

Number of respondents: 1721

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Respondents' awareness of the US President's visit to Egypt by demographic
characteristics
Percentage of respondents who replied yes

Gender Geographic Distribution


Male 89% Urban Governorates 92%
Female 72% Upper Egyptian
Governorates 81%
Education
Lower Egyptian
Pre-secondary 70% Governorates 72%
Secondary or
equivalent 86% Area of Residence
Urban 91%
Graduate and Post
95%
graduate
Rural 72%

Percentage of respondents in each category

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Respondents' awareness of the US President's visit to Egypt by demographic
)characteristics )Continued
Percentage of respondents who replied yes

Economic Class Age Group


High 91% 18 – less than 30 77%
Middle 82% 30- less than 40 84%
Low 69% 40- less than 50 81%
50- less than 60 86%

60 + 79%

Percentage of respondents in each category

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Respondents attending the US President's speech

Do you know that he gave a Have you listened to / read Where have you listened to/
speech at Cairo university about the speech? read about it?
today/ yesterday?
Television 93%

New spapers 6%
No
12% Yes No Yes
Fam ily, friends
88% 45% 55%
and 5%
acquaintances

Radio 3%

Other 2%

Number of respondents: 1491 Number of respondents: 1357 Number of respondents: 849


Percentage is of the respondents who know about the Percentage is of the respondents who know about the Percentage is of the respondents who have watched or read
about the speech.
visit. speech.
Multiple answers is allowed.

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Respondents’ watching/reading about the US President’s speech by
demographic characteristics
Percentage of respondents who replied yes

Education Area of Residence


Pre-secondary 52% Urban 58%

Secondary or Rural 52%


equivalent 50%

Graduate and post


Age Group
graduate studies 72%
18 – less than 30 50%

Economic Class 30- less than 40 47%

High 60% 40- less than 50 63%

Middle 47% 50- less than 60 66%


Low 55% 60 + 63%

Percentage of respondents in each category

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Respondents' reasons for not watching/ reading about the US President's
speech

Have you watched/ read about the speech? Why haven’t you watched/ read about the speech?

Tight time 61%

I wasn't at home 27%

Yes No Health problems 5%


55% 45%
Not interested in watching TV 3%

Others 7%

Undecided 4%

Number of respondents: 508


Number of respondents: 1357
Percentage is of the respondents who haven't watched or read
Percentage is of the respondents who know about the speech.
about the speech.
Multiple answers allowed.

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Respondents' knowledge of the most important topics the US President
addressed in his speech
In your opinion, what are the most important issues he introduced in his speech?

The Palestinian issue and the Arab-Israeli relations 48%


Relations between the USA and Muslims 22%
Speaking about Islam generally 20%
The situation in Iraq 18%
Religious freedom and mutual respect between religions 13%
Quoting Quran verses 13%
Peace between countries 13%
Women's rights 9%
Economic development 8%
Situation in Iran 7%
Nuclear weapons 5%
Situation in Afghanistan 4%
Democracy 3%
Others 20%
Undecided 15%
Number of respondents: 849
.Percentage is of the respondents who have watched or read about the speech
.Multiple answers is allowed

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How Far Respondents Believe Content of the US President's Speech

Have you believed what the American President has said in his speech?

Believed Fully
nothing believed it
5% 37%

Undecided
17%

Partially
believed it
41%

Number of respondents: 849


Percentage is of the respondents who have watched or read
about the speech.

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How far respondents believe content of the US President's speech by demographic
characteristics
Percentage of the respondents who fully or partially believed the speech

Education Age Group


Pre-secondary 72% 18 – less than 30 84%

Secondary or 30- less than 40 78%


equivalent 80%
40- less than 50 75%
Graduate and post 50- less than 60 74%
83%
graduate studies
60 + 73%

Percentage of respondents in each category

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Respondents' expectations of an impact to the visit on the Egyptian –
American relations before and after the visit
Do you think that this visit would make the American - Egyptian relations………?
78%

69%

After
Before the
the
visit
Visit 14% 15%
14%
6%
Before 3% 1% Before After
After Before After

Better No difference Worse undecided


A poll on the visit by the US President to Egypt was conducted on Saturday 30th, May 2009 aiming at identifying people’s expectations of the visit.
Number of respondents: Before the visit: 950 , After the visit: 1491
Percentage is of the respondents who know about the visit.

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Respondents' expectations of an impact to the visit on the Egyptian – American
relations before and after the visit by demographic characteristics
Percentage of the respondents who said that the visit would have a positive impact

Gender Area of Residence


70% 73%
Male Urban
83% 77%
68% 64%
Female Rural
73% 81%

Education Geographical Distribution


60% Urban Governorates 76%
Pre-secondary 83%
74%
74% Upper Egyptian 69%
Secondary or equivalent Governorates
79% 76%

Graduate and post 75% Lower Egyptian 64%


graduate studies 85% Governorates
77%

Percentage of respondents in each category


Before the visit After the visit

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Respondents' expectations of an impact to the visit on the Egyptian – American
)relations before and after the visit by demographic characteristics )Continued
Percentage of the respondents who said that the visit would have a positive impact

Age Group Economic Class


66%
18 – less than 30 71%
80% Low
82%
71%
30- less than 40 70%
77% Middle
77%
70%
40- less than 50 65%
77% High
75%

50- less than 60


72%
76%
71%
60 +
82%

Before the visit After the visit


Percentage of the respondents in each category

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Respondents' expectations of an effect to the visit on the relations between
the USA and the Islamic World before and after the visit
Do you think that this visit would make the relation between the USA and the Muslim world………?

77%

65%

After
Before the
the
visit
visit 13%
19% 15%
7% 3% 1%
Before Before After
After Before After

Better No difference Worse Undecided

A poll on the visit by the US President to Egypt was conducted on Saturday 30th, May 2009 aiming at identifying people’s expectations of the visit.

Number of respondents: Before the visit: 950 , After the visit: 1491
Percentage is of the respondents who know about the visit.

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Respondents' expectations of a positive effect to the visit on the relations between
the USA and the Islamic World before and after the visit by demographic
characteristics

Education Age Group


66% 60%
Pre-secondary 18 – less than 30
73% 73%

61% 65%
Secondary or equivalent 30- less than 40
78% 74%

Graduate and post 69% 65%


graduate studies 40- less than 50
81% 78%
68%
50- less than 60
82%
75%
60 +
84%
Before the visit After the visit
Percentage of the respondents in each category

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Sample Characteristics
Gender Economic Class
Male 50% Low 36%

Female 50% Middle 23%

High
Education 41%

Pre-secondary 45% Geographic Distribution


Secondary or equivalent 39% Urban Governorates 22%
Graduate and post Upper Egyptian Governorates 43%
16%
graduate studies
Lower Egyptian Governorates 35%
Age Groups
18-29 39% Area of Residence
30-39 21% Urban 46%

40-49 17% Rural 54%

50-59 12%

60+ 11%

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The Sample
Sample
Number of responses 1721

Refused to participate 136

Incomplete interview 38

Total Sample 1895

Out of service 195

Unavailable 477

No answer 1407

Busy 98

Disqualified 7
Difficult to reach qualified persons/ 850
target categories
Not a household 66

e total number of dialed telephone


4995
numbers
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