Voters give mixed marks to President Obama’s response to the crisis in Egypt, and many think United Nations involvement would make things worse.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters rate the way the Obama administration has responded to the situation in Egypt as good or excellent. Twenty-two percent (22%) view the administration’s response so far as poor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
But only 18% of voters say things would be better if the UN stepped in to help resolve the political crisis in Egypt. A plurality (46%) say UN involvement would make the situation worse, while 13% think it would have no impact. One-in-four voters (24%) aren’t sure.
Most Americans expect the unrest in Egypt to spread to other Middle Eastern countries and think that will be bad for the United States. But a sizable majority also believe the United States should stay out of Egypt’s current problems.
The U.S. government seemed initially reluctant to get involved after large-scale and growing street protests began in Egypt last week. But over the weekend, an emissary from President Obama reportedly urged long-time Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to run for reelection this fall and to allow free and open elections instead. Mubarak has since announced he will not seek reelection.
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 31-February 1, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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