Congress, public opinion diverge on aid to Egypt, new poll says
[Originally published on Human Events]
A new poll suggests that Congress is pressing ahead with sending money to the new Egyptian government against the wishes of a majority of the American people.
A new poll by the Washington-based public policy organization Brookings Institution finds that a majority of Americans support reducing aid to Egypt after what they consider the Egyptian government’s weak response to attacks on the American embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11.
Republican respondents preferred reductions in aid by the largest margins. Eighty-seven percent agreed with the argument that it is unwise for the U.S. to give large amounts of aid to Egypt while its own economy continues to struggle, according to the report the Brookings Institution released Oct. 8.
Seventy-four percent of respondents, including Republicans, Democrats and independents, agreed with that argument, while 61 percent overall said they found an pro-aid argument presented in the survey unconvincing.
Fifty-three percent of respondents said they believed the governments in Egypt and Libya did not try to protect American diplomats and their staff from the attacks on Sept. 11.