A poll conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research, Baseera, gave indication that the turnout in the upcoming presidential elections would be high; some 80 per cent of those polled said they intended to go down and vote.
The poll was conducted from 27 February to 4 March 2014through telephone calls on land lines and cell phones to 2062 men and women above 18 years of age, from Egypt’s different governorates. The response rate was 61 per cent.
The results indicated that 81 per cent of Egyptians in urban regions intended to vote in the upcoming presidential elections, compared to 86 per cent in Lower Egypt, and 79 per cent in Upper Egypt. The proportion of those who had no intention of voting reached some 7 per cent in Lower Egypt, 14 per cent in the urban regions and 16 per cent in Upper Egypt. The net result was that 83 per cent of Egyptians intended to vote in the upcoming presidential elections, 12 per cent had no intention to vote, and 6 per cent were undecided.
Among the less-than-30 age group, those who said they would refrain from voting amounted to some 18 per cent; their numbers were double those in the 30-49 years age group who would not vote.
Baseera is an independent, nonpartisan, private organization for public opinion research established in April 2012.
17 March 2014