All doom and gloom in Egypt? Poll reveals daily struggles

To say morale is low in the country may be an understatement. (AFP)

For months on end, Egypt has been witness to recurrent protests, economic and political stalemates and frequent spasms of violence across the country.

To say morale is low in the country may be an understatement.

After more than two years since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians worry about the future of their country, a new poll has revealed on Friday.

The poll by the Washington-based Pew Research Center shed light on a fast-evolving political landscape before a parliamentary election due later in 2013. It was based on 1,000 face-to-face interviews conducted from March 3 to March 23, revealing the country's daily struggles.

Results revealed that 30 percent of Egyptians think their country is headed in the right direction, down from 53 percent last year and 65 percent in 2011.

The poll also showed that just 39 percent believe things are better off now than they were under Mubarak.

But there were some positive notes. While the number of Egyptians with positive view of Muslim Brotherhood slid to 63 percent from 75 percent in 2011, the number still remains high.

When it came to President Mohammed Mursi, 53 percent of those polled expressed a favorable view of the head of state, while 43 percent viewed him negatively.

The survey also showed Egyptians almost evenly split over whether the upcoming parliamentary polls would be fair.

The polls expected towards the end of the year will decide on the shape of a new lower house that will replace the Brotherhood-led one dissolved by court order last June.

Meanwhile, Egypt's economy has been hammered by political turmoil and outbursts of violence since the long-ruling autocrat's downfall, and has continued to deteriorate since Mursi was elected last June.

Facing currency and budget crises, the government has been struggling to secure a $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan.

Adding to the turmoil, crime waves in Egypt have hit new highs since the 2011 uprising, recently disclosed statistics have found.

According to Egypt’s interior ministry officials, the rate of homicide almost tripled since the 2011 revolution due to a rise in unemployment, which the ministry views as an added obstacle to an already existing economic crisis.

Egyptian Interior Minister Abdel Fattah Osman told the Financial Times earlier this month that police have been suffering because they inherited “this mess.”

“Since the revolution, state institutions have fallen and aren’t stable anymore, and even the judiciary has taken a step back,” Osman said.

Reported armed robberies increased from 233 in 2010 to 2,807 during last year, according to the FT report, while home invasions also hiked from 7,368 in 2010 to 11,699 in 2012. 

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