Poll: Egyptian see life worse now than before Mubarak's fall

Most Egyptians interviewed shortly before President Mohamed Morsi was removed from office — and before the recent bloodshed — said their country was worse off then than it was before President Hosni Mubarak resigned in 2011. Eighty percent of Egyptians saw their country as worse off, and half believed their country will still be worse off in five years…

The scarcity of employment opportunities was one of several factors that lead to Mubarak’s removal — similar to reasons leaders in other Middle Eastern and North African countries have been removed from power or faced massive protests. Most Egyptians do not believe employment opportunities in the country have improved since Mubarak’s overthrow. Roughly seven in 10 Egyptians say that since Mubarak’s departure, employment opportunities in the private sector (71%) and public sector (68%) have declined. With major foreign companies shutting down amid the violent clashes between Morsi supporters and government security, employment opportunities in the private sector may be even more limited in the near term and maybe longer if the instability continues.

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