Pew poll offers insights into Egyptians

The population of Egypt is approximately 80.5 million, 90% of which is Muslim (mostly Sunni). A poll released by Pew Research Center in December 2010 provides some interesting insights into Egyptians. The poll of Muslims only was taken in Spring 2010.

30% have a favorable view of Hezb'allah

49% have a positive view of Hamas

20% have a positive view of al Qaeda (72% have a negative view)

19% have a positive view of Osama bin Laden

48% say Islam plays a large role in their country's political life

85% consider Islamic influence over political life to be a positive thing for their country

61% see no struggle between those who want to modernize their country and Islamic fundamentalists

54% support making gender segregation in the workplace the law in their country

82% endorse the stoning of people who commit adultery

77% support whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery

84% support the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion

59% say democracy is preferable to any other kind of government

20% support suicide bombing in defense of Islam

46% say suicide bombings are never justified

61% express concern about Islamic extremism in their country