Supporters of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold up his image in the Egyptian capital Cairo, on May 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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Just over half Egyptians approve of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an opinion poll showed on Thursday, just days ahead of a presidential election he is expected to win easily.The poor and the youth are more supportive of Mursi's ouster than the rich and people over 50 years old, the poll found.Despite the ban on the Brotherhood, the poll showed that 38 percent of Egyptians rate the group favourably. That's down from 63 percent in Pew's survey a year earlier but much higher than suggested by Sisi, who said the people had rejected the group. Forty-five percent said the military is having a negative influence on the country versus 56 percent who think its impact is positive.
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