Most Egyptians Undecided Before Presidential Vote, Poll Shows

Most Egyptians are undecided a month before the start of the first presidential election after the end of Hosni Mubarak’s three decades in office, a poll conducted by Al Masry Al Youm shows.

Of the 2,129 people surveyed on April 19, 54.4 percent said they haven’t chosen one of the 13 candidates that have so far qualified to be on the final ballot. That compares with 38 percent in the first poll conducted by the Cairo-based independent daily almost two weeks earlier.

The increase comes after Egypt’s presidential election commission disqualified 10 nominees, including Salafi cleric Hazem Abu Ismail and Omar Suleiman, the former president’s intelligence chief. Abu Ismail and Suleiman led with 25.2 percent and 21.3 percent, respectively, in a poll published by the state-run Al Ahram newspaper yesterday and conducted before their official exclusion from the race.

Former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh led Al Masry’s poll among the decided, with 15.5 percent, and former Arab League Secretary-General Amre Moussa was second, with 12.5 percent. Mohamed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose political arm controls almost half of seats in parliament, was in fifth place with 1.5 percent, the survey shows.

The final list of candidates will be announced on April 26 and the vote will take place on May 23 and May 24, according to a timeline announced by the election commission.

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