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Thursday, February 3

Um, maybe Pew should ask Egyptians what they mean by democracy

From Canada's Globe and Mail:
Egyptians reject radical Islamists, but want Islam to play a large role in politics and think democracy is the best political system, according to poll data collected in Muslim countries last year. The sample group of 1,000 was surveyed in face-to-face interviews in April and May of last year for the U.S.-based Pew Research Center. These results give an idea of Egyptian public opinion before the current protests there broke out.
The question, from the below replies to the poll, is what an Egyptian democracy would look like:

59%: Say democracy is preferable to any other form of government

95%: Say it’s good that Islam plays a large role in politics

85%: Say Islam’s influence on politics is good

48%: Say Islam currently plays a large role in Egyptian politics

54%: Believe men and women should be segregated in the workplace

82%: Believe adulterers should be stoned

84%: Believe apostates from Islam should face the death penalty

77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off

See the report for more replies.

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