Posted on: February 9, 2011 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

A number of readers have pointed to the Gallup poll that shows a wide majority of Americans in support of the Egyptian protesters. I was, of course, aware of this poll before I read about the Reuters/Ipsos poll I was citing in my piece. In fact, the Reuters article to which I linked, while not specifically pointing to the earlier Gallup poll, does address this issue.

What the polls taken together show is that Americans are supporting Egyptians rising up against a military dictatorship, as one would expect, but afraid of what form democracy in Egypt will take and, crucially, wanting our government to take steps, including slowing down the march toward democracy, in order to arrive at the outcome we desire, even if it is not what Egyptians desire. This was precisely the point of my piece.

The two polls are not contradictory, but complimentary.