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Poll Watchers: Egypt, baby boomers, the Royal Wedding and Haley Barbour

• Egypt – The political changes sweeping Egypt are well received there, but Egyptians still have little love for the United States. Seventy-seven percent of Egyptians say that Hosni Mubarak’s resignation was a “good thing” in a new Pew Global Attitudes poll conducted in late March and early April. There’s been a dramatic change in life satisfaction since the Jasmine revolution; last year just 28 percent of Egyptians reported satisfaction with the direction of the country, and that’s shot up to 65 percent in the new poll. Over that time, the relatively low opinion of the United States and President Obama hasn’t budged: about eight in 10 continue to have an unfavorable view of the United States and 64 percent have little or no confidence in Obama (it was 59 percent last year). And a 39 percent plurality views the U.S. response to events in Egypt negatively. Far fewer, 22 percent, expressed a positive reaction.

• Retirement and working – A Gallup poll among those not yet retired finds 53 percent believe they will not have enough money to live comfortably. This fear peaks among those aged 30 to 49, at 62 percent. Young adults (aged 18-29) are most apt to think they will have enough for retirement, at 57 percent. Most — 54 percent — of baby boomers think they won’t have enough to live comfortably. If retirement is a worry for boomers, their current work life isn’t. An AP poll exploring the working lives of this cohort finds a largely satisfied workforce, with 71 percent report being somewhat or very satisfied with their job. Over six in 10 say their age is not an issue at their job, 25 percent says it helps and just 14 percent call it a liability.  

• Royal wedding – The new CBS/New York Times poll covers the public opinion angle of the royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Nearly three in 10 Americans are following the event closely and 63 percent are at least somewhat likely to watch it on television. A 57 percent majority have a favorable view of the groom; 45 percent do for the bride.

• Haley Barbour out of GOP race – The Mississippi governor announced on Monday that he won’t seek the Republican nomination for president. Barbour consistently scored in the low single digits in national polls among Republicans. In last week’s Post-ABC poll, 1 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents identified him as their preferred candidate.  


Peyton M. Craighill is polling manager for the Washington Post. Peyton reports and conducts national and regional news polls for the Washington Post, with a focus on politics, elections and other social and economic issues.
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