Cabinet think tank poll says 80% of eligible voters will cast ballots

Eighty percent of Egypt’s eligible voters say they plan to participate in the presidential election slated for Wednesday and Thursday, according to a poll released Tuesday by a think tank affiliated with the Cabinet.

The Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center said 73 percent of those polled said they would vote for another candidate in the runoff round if the candidate they vote for this week does not get the first- or second-most votes.

Of the poll’s respondents, 44 percent said they are confident the vote will be characterized by integrity while 30 percent said they are only somewhat confident the election will be clean.

Eighty-one percent of the 1,026 registered voters in the think tank poll said they believed the president’s salary should be public knowledge. Another 83 percent said they oppose criticizing the president through sarcastic caricatures or jokes, and 86 percent said they oppose the idea of having one president serve for life.

While 95 percent of those polled said the incoming president should be a firm person, 89 percent said the president is a state employee who should be held accountable for his performance.

Edited translation from MENA

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