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Poll: Lives of most Egyptians worse before Morsi ouster

CAIRO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- In the days before the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, 80 percent of Egyptians said the country's economy was getting worse, a poll indicates.

The number of Egyptians who said they had been impacted by the economy also jumped, with more than a third indicating they were "suffering," the Gallup poll released Thursday said.

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The poll, conducted two weeks before Morsi was forced from office in July, found fewer than 10 percent of Egyptians rated their personal situations as "thriving."

Gallup used a zero-to-10 scale to determine the rankings. Respondents who rated their lives a 7 or higher and their expected life in five years as 8 or higher were considered thriving. Egyptians who rated their current and prospective lives a 4 or lower ranked as suffering. Those who rated their lives between those points were ranked as struggling.

The number of people who rated themselves as suffering had increased to 34 percent since a previous poll in January in which 23 percent said they were suffering, Gallup said.

Since 2005, Gallup said, Egyptians have assessed their living situation as gradually getting worse. Several weeks before Morsi was deposed, a record 55 percent said their standard of living had fallen.

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The poll interviewed 1,149 Egyptians aged 15 and older between June 12 and 19. The margin of error was 3.3 percentage points.

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