A recent survey conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Basira) has shown that 73 percent of Egyptians currently do not feel secure and 62 percent believe their living conditions are worse than they were the year before.
The poll was published on Sunday and conducted from 19 to 21 August through the phone. The poll used a sample of 1,395 citizens aged 18 or more from across Egypt. The poll results showed that both urban and rural residents are feeling nearly equally insecure, with 71 percent of urban residents and 74 percent of rural residents feeling insecure.
Seventy-one percent of residents in Lower Egypt and 75 percent of residents in Upper Egypt feel insecure.
The youth feel less secure according to the poll, with 78 percent of the youth from 18-29 years of age feeling insecure compared to 64 percent of Egyptians aged 50 or more.
Basria conducted the poll several days after the imposition of the curfew which was originally from 7pm to 6am. Asked if their incomes have been negatively affected by the curfew, 46 percent of the respondents said their incomes were affected.
Forty-four percent of the respondents in rural areas said their incomes were affected compared to 50 percent of urban dwellers.
Results revealed that urban governorates are more affected by the curfew with 53 percent of the respondents saying their incomes were affected, compared to 47 percent in Upper Egypt and 43 percent in Lower Egypt.
Sixty-two percent of the respondents said their living conditions are worse compared to the year before, while only 10 percent believe their living conditions are better. Twenty-seven percent said their living conditions have not changed, and one percent had no opinion.
Fifty-nine percent of urban residents believe their living conditions are worse compared to 64 percent of rural residents.
According to the poll, 62 percent of Egyptians believe their living conditions will improve in the coming year while 9 percent believe conditions are going to be worse. Nine percent believe they will not change, and 20 percent said they do not know.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm