Here are some “highlights” from a 2010 Pew poll of Egyptian attitudes as listed by a recent IBD Editorial:

  • 49% of Egyptians say Islam plays only a “small role” in public affairs under President Hosni Mubarak, while 95% prefer the religion play a “large role in politics.”
  • 84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim faith.
  • 82% support stoning adulterers.
  • 77% think thieves should have their hands cut off.
  • 54% support a law segregating women from men in the workplace.
  • 54% believe suicide bombings that kill civilians can be justified.
  • Nearly half support the terrorist group Hamas.
  • 30% have a favorable opinion of Hezbollah.
  • 20% maintain positive views of al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.
  • 82% of Egyptians dislike the U.S. — the highest unfavorable rating among the 18 Muslim nations Pew surveyed.

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