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Egyptian anti-government demonstrators (top) face pro-regime opponents (bottom) in Cairo's Tahrir Square where crowds have gathered for a protest calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak on February 2, 2011.

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Egyptians reject radical Islamists, but want Islam to play a large role in politics and think democracy is the best political system, according to poll data collected in Muslim countries last year. The sample group of 1,000 was surveyed in face-to-face interviews in April and May of last year for the U.S.-based Pew Research Center. These results give an idea of Egyptian public opinion before the current protests there broke out.

Democracy

59%: Say democracy is preferable to any other form of government.

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22%: Say a non-democratic system can be preferable in certain circumstances

Islam in politics

95%: Say it's good that Islam plays a large role in politics

85%: Say Islam's influence on politics is good

48%: Say Islam currently play a large role in Egyptian politics

Islamist extremism

80%: Think suicide bombings are never or rarely justified.

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20%: Think suicide bombings are sometimes or often justified

70%: Are concerned or very concerned about Islamist extremism in the world

61%: Are concerned or very concerned about Islamist extremism in the Egypt

Traditional Muslim practices

54%: Believe men and women should be segregated in the workplace

82%: Believe adulterers should be stoned

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84%: Believe apostates from Islam should face the death penalty

77%: Believe thieves should be flogged or have their hands cut off

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