JERUSALEM, Israel -- Several recent opinion polls revealed that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is far less popular with the people than some sources would indicate. The group's public approval rating rose 2 points recently -- from 15 to 17 percent.
Results of three separate polls -- one in February by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Gallup poll in May, and a Newsweek poll this week -- show that the Brotherhood's popularly remains relatively low, associate editor Max Fisher of The Atlantic reported.
Even ousted President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party -- often depicted as wildly unpopular -- registered an approval rating of 10 percent.
Fisher said the Brotherhood is "way less popular" today than "President Richard Nixon was among Americans" before he resigned from office.
Despite its fairly low approval rating, Fisher said the Brotherhood draws a lot of attention because it's so well organized and has developed a "grassroots support base and the know-how to turn it out."