Egyptians Mixed Over Role of Islam in New Gov't

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Most Egyptians are optimistic about their country's future, but don't want an incoming government that strays from the principles of the Islamic holy book, according to a new Pew Research poll.

The survey conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project found that 65 percent of Egyptians are "satisfied with the way things are going in the country." Last year, that number stood at only 28 percent.

Divided on Politics

In the latest poll, 77 percent of respondents agreed that the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak was "a good thing." More than half also said they wanted a democratic government, despite the risk of instability.

But when asked about how the new government would be run, about two-thirds of respondents also said they want society to strictly follow the Koran.

Still, only 31 percent said they tend to sympathize with the Islamic fundamentalists in their country. Read the entire poll here.

CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane analyzed the recent poll results further.  Click play for his comments on how these numbers may reveal the political climate in Egypt.

The poll also revealed 54 percent of Egyptians want the country to end its peace treaty with Israel. Most of them also still hold an unfavorable view of the United States.

The Pew results were based on face-to face interviews of 1,000 Egyptians and are the first credible survey in the Middle East since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak and other unrest in the region.

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