The Washington Times - January 31, 2011, 03:28PM

With the recent political unrest in Egypt showing no signs of waning, a sizable majority of Americans say the United States should keep its nose out of Egypt’s current problems, a new polls says.

The Rasmussen Reports survey shows that only 7 percent of Americans surveyed say the U.S. should help the Egyptian government stay in power. Seventy percent say the U.S. should leave the situation alone, with 23 percent saying they aren’t sure what we should do.


Despite Americans’ desire for a “hands off” approach to the Egyptian unrest, 40 percent of the poll’s respondents say that “generally speaking” they consider Egypt a U.S. ally, while just 3 percent view the Middle Eastern country as an enemy. Forty-six percent place Egypt somewhere in between an ally and an enemy.

The poll also finds that 75 percent of Americans say it’s at least somewhat likely that the unrest in Egypt will spread to other Middle Eastern countries, with 37 percent saying it’s very likely. Only 11 percent say such a scenario is not very like or not at all likely to happen. Fourteen percent are undecided. 

If the unrest in Egypt does spread to other countries, 59 percent said it would be bad for the U.S. Just 8 percent said such a scenario would be good for America, while 11 percent predicted it would have no impact. Almost one-in-four Americans — 23 percent — aren’t sure.

The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted on Jan. 28-29 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of error is plus/minute 3 percentage points.