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A poll on the popularity of presidential candidates conducted by the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), a think-tank associated with the Egyptian Cabinet, showed that Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh led the presidential field, although nearly 40 percent said they were undecided.
According to the poll, Abouel Fotouh’s 9 percent support was followed by Ahmed Shafiq who garnered 8 percent. Shafiq rose one rank as compared to a poll conducted by the IDSC in April.
The results of the poll, which was published Thursday said that Amr Moussa stood at 7 percent support, falling into third place. The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsy came fourth with 4 percent, while Hamdeen Sabbahi was fifth with 2 percent.
The poll said that the 39 percent are yet to decide on a candidate, down from 42 percent in April. Eight percent of people, meanwhile, said they would not participate in the election and 6 percent refused to name their candidate.
Seventeen percent of respondents said they had not decided whether they would participate or not.
The poll interviewed 2,264 people, including 2,035 respondents over 18 years old, between 5 and 7 May in various governorates.
Abouel Fotouh ranked first among men, with 13 percent, followed by Ahmed Shafiq’s 11 percent and Amr Moussa’s 8 percent. The three candidates were tied among females at 6 percent.
Abouel Fotouh recorded the highest amount of support in urban areas, with 11 percent. Moussa followed with 8 percent and Shafiq chalked up 7 percent.
Shafiq led in rural areas with 10 percent, followed by Abouel Fotouh’s 8 percent and Moussa’s 6 percent.
In terms of religion, the survey said that Abouel Fotouh ranked first with 10 percent of Muslims, followed by Ahmed Shafiq with 8 percent, and Amr Moussa with 7 percent.
Amongst Christians, Amr Moussa support was highest, standing at 12 percent, followed by Hamdeen Sabbahi’s 9 percent and Ahmed Shafiq’s 6 percent.
The poll said that although support for Abouel Fotouh dropped from 11 percent in April to 9 percent in May, he still ranked first among all presidential candidates.
Forty-six percent of the respondents were between 18 and 30 years old; 39 percent of them had secondary education.
A staggering 94 percent of the sample supported the revolution. Forty-two percent opposed the Muslim Brotherhood and 46 percent opposed the Salafis.
Edited translation from MENA