Poll: Most Egyptians Would End Peace with Israel

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of a Pew Research Center poll released Monday showed that 54 percent of Egyptians favor annulling the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

The Egyptian poll was part of the U.S.-based group's Spring 2011 Global Attitudes survey, conducted in 22 countries between March 24 and April 7. The poll has a 4 percent margin of error.

For the 1,000 Egyptians who took part in the survey, researchers found that income and educational levels factored into whether or not they supported the peace treaty with Israel.

For example, only 40 percent of college-educated Egyptians and 45 percent in upper income brackets favored annulling the treaty. In comparison, 60 percent of low-income citizens want to end the 30-year-old peace treaty.

The poll also found that many Egyptians viewed the U.S. in a less than favorable light, despite its show of support for the nation's political reforms.

Twenty percent of respondents viewed the U.S. positively and only 15 percent want to see closer ties between Egypt and the America. Forty-three percent said Egypt should distance itself from the U.S.

According to the survey, Egyptians generally are optimistic following the fall the Mubarak regime, believing it will bring more democracy to their country. Most view the army favorably as well.

Of the presidential candidates running in the September elections, 89 percent gave former head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, somewhat favorable or very favorable ratings.

Former presidential candidate Ayman Nour garnered a 70 percent rating, while Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei received a 57 percent approval.

The Muslim Brotherhood and the predominantly secular April 6 movement received the highest approval rating, with 70 percent of respondents viewing them favorably.

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