Voter poll in Egypt

Here are the results of a poll of 1200 likely voters by the national Al Ahram newspaper:

1. Amr Moussa, former head of the Arab League: 31.5% 

2. Salafi sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail: 22.7%

3. Mubarak-appointed (and short-lived) interim prime minister Ahmad Shafiq: 10.2%

4. Mubarak intelligence chief Omar Suleiman (who has not officially announced his candidacy): 9.3%

5. Former Brotherhood leader and Islamist moderate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh: 8.3%

6. Leftist opposition figure Hamdeen Sabahi: 4.9%

Of course these results have probably already been changed significantly by the entrance into the field of Muslim Brotherhood leader and candidate Khairat El Shater. The poll also notes that 94.5% of respondents said they planned to vote. 

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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.