Americans don't believe clashes in Egypt will affect the U.S
February 8th, 2011
01:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Americans don't believe clashes in Egypt will affect the U.S

Washington (CNN) - While the protests in Egypt have captivated the world and the news cycle, a new national survey indicates that a majority of Americans say there will be little impact from these events in the United States.

According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center released Tuesday, 58 percent of those surveyed say the protests will not have much of an affect on the United States. Meanwhile, 28 percent think there will be a negative impact, while 15 percent think the effect will be positive.

Read the full survey here.

Furthermore, a majority of those surveyed - 57 percent - think the Obama administration is handling the situation well. The administration has been receiving mixed reviews from members of Congress and other politicians, with Newt Gingrich recently calling the administration "amateurish", and Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona telling CNN that America "might be in a better position if we had more closely followed President Bush's prescription for support of greater democracy in all parts of the world."

According to the survey, only 8 percent of Republicans think the protests will have a positive affect on the U.S., with 37 percent saying there will be a negative affect on the United States. Juxtapose that with Democrats, who are evenly split. 21 percent of Democrats say the effect will be positive, and 21 percent think it will be negative.

The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, was conducted Feb. 2 through 7, 2011, and questioned 1,385 adults. This poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona telling CNN that America "might be in a better position if we had more closely followed President Bush's prescription for support of greater democracy in all parts of the world."
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    so I suppose that means we should invade Egypt, and get caught in a police action and spend billions yearly? This guy and Newtie are jokes

    February 8, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Gaylon Barrow

    It will have a very negative impact if Obama's favorite the Brotherhoo of Muslims gain control. The U. S. will be denied any acess to the middle East through a middle eastern country. This will put Israel at a high risk Again Obama's wish.

    February 8, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Root and stem

    Let me interpret for the public what CNN is saying – "The Obama administration is in such chaos over the Egypt thing that they are sending out multiple signals and creating all types of angst and confusion around the world. We at CNN want to protect Obama so we write this ridiculous article"

    February 8, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Newt or Palin were in charge, they would have invaded Egypt, and installed a tea bagger Mubarak puppet and nothing would help those who seek a democracy. It is time for the GOpers, Fox, and the right wingnuts to STFU.

    February 8, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Mikey

    Newsflash – Republicans are pessimistic. Wow. Now there's a revelation. A lot of conservatives have been in fear overdrive since 9/11 and many became completely unhinged when President Obama won the election. Add a steady diet of bizaar conspiracy theories from the likes of Rush and Beck and well......

    Just look at the data breakdown from the CNN poll released today on the 2012 election. Note that that on the Republican sample, there were not enough repsonses to calculate data for any age group under 50, for any minorities, nor for urban dwellers. The sample was almost entirely old white people from the suburbs and rural areas. That's it. That's the GOP.

    February 8, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. reality

    The world is getting smaller every day. The results of this poll show that 58 percent of Americans still have their head in the sand.

    February 8, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. once upon a horse

    good now will somebody please tell Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck this??

    February 8, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Inmyopinion

    Those Americans obviously have no idea that oil, world sea trading, container shipping companies pass through the Suez Canal which is controlled by Egypt and if the ships have to travel the other route available which is in the south of the African continent than the ships, vessels not only must deal with the pirates of Somalia but must pay higher fees at that canal which means the higher costs will be passed on to the consumer. This situation will have an impact on the global shipping industry.

    February 8, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Amazing

    The results of this poll show that 58 percent of the people have their head in the sand. The world is getting smaller every day.

    February 8, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. w l jones

    The dept of our soul and most all knowledge come from a woman ,it appears they did a good job with our president as well as our second mother Egypt, gave us law, relig...govern...archtec... stable leadership.. and since of pride in our country.Bless we the people of our great country.

    February 8, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Republicans = Fascists -aka- ReFascisticans

    Well whatever happens in Egypt will affect the markets. We've already seen evidence of that last week when the DOW was 168 points in the red.

    February 8, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If you don't make war Republicans think in order to spread democracy throughout the World President Obama should follow Bush's prescription. Well we all know what Bush's prescription has caused this country and now all Bush's administration is now playing the blame game.

    February 8, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. FOLLOW BUSH PRESCRIPTION?

    kYL from AZ thinks things would be better in Egypt if we had followed GWB prescription for democracy? Really, WHAT GO IN AN OCCUPY ANOTHER COUNTRY AND LOOK FOR WMD! And Newt the Nut thinks the current Administration is 'AMETEURISH" Really now, didn't he just get called on the carpet by making a statement that all Muslims in control are all Terrorist or something along those lines. What does he think POTUS do, get America in another war. Let the people of Egypt determine what they want for THEIR COUNTRY. Who are we to dictate what is best for the people, what is best for America is just like IRAQ it is called OIL, OIL AND MORE OIL. I don't want someone to tell America what is best for our country why in the hell do people think it is OUR RIGHT TO DETERMINE WHAT IS BEST FOR THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT

    February 8, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Sarah in 2013

    what could possibly affect us beneath our bubble?

    February 8, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. they call me "tater salad"

    But don't worry, the GOP and their legion of half-wits will soon be trying to scare us all into thinking otherwise just wait and see! Palin already tried to get that ball rolling the other day and she's the pied piper of half-wits!.......Stay tuned!

    February 8, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    Ohh, they'll affect big business, they won’t have their lap dog Mubarak to bow down to them, Egyptian people actually taking Egypt back for their own people, now what an idea that is!!!

    Watch the right wingers (yeah the same ones that will shoot you for thinking you are trespassing on their property) claim that they know better (from over here) what Egypt needs...

    …ahhh the hypocrisy of the right...always amusing….

    February 8, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Rick in Phx

    GEEZ ! ! ! Jon Kyl, Did you go to the Brittney Spears school of publicity? "Where all publicity is good". It's bad enough that the rest of the country thinks people here in Arizona are crazy and backwards without you having to continue to open your pie hole and prove them right. The ONLY good move Bush made in the middle East was the move he made to the left when the guy threw the shoe at him.

    February 8, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  18. Monster Zero

    Having been around when Sadat was assassinated subsequent to the Camp David peace accord, I believe that if Egypt goes the wrong way and the radical Islamic Mullah's entrench themselves in that Nation, America will be up the creek. Iran's influence in the area complicit with their strategic control of the Straights of Hormuz and Egypt's Suez canal would be disastrous to our Nation's oil flow. Based on the results of this poll it simply evidences the lack of knowledge and understanding by a majority of American citizens as to what is transpiring in Middle East. Should we finally as a Nation decide to quit sucking their oil nipple, we would be building nuclear power plants and see a regulatory relaxation for a shift to coal during the interim lag period. Obama has handled it like a rookie and as far as getting away from foreign oil, well, where are the nuclear plants and where are the relaxed regulations in support of our dire fix, wind and solar at a max can only supply 10% of our Nations needs if implemented to their fullest extent. I firmly believe DC is clueless and every politician seems to care of one thing only and that is their upcoming re-election.

    Change the Change 2012!

    February 8, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |