Poll: Egyptians glum about country's direction

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FILE - This undated file photo released by NASA, taken from 175 miles up by Gemini II, shows the Sinai Peninsula, center, in Egypt. Suspected militants in Egypt's Sinai abducted six security personnel as they headed to Cairo for holidays early Thursday, May 16, 2013, security officials said, the first such kidnapping of security forces in the increasingly lawless peninsula.(AP Photo/NASA, File)

CAIRO (AP) — Increasing numbers of Egyptians think their country is not heading in the right direction as political divisions deepen and the economy falters, according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center.

The poll released Thursday says only 30 percent see the country on the right track, compared to 53 percent surveyed in 2012.

But despite their gloomy perception, 53 percent of Egyptians view Islamist President Mohammed Morsi favorably.

Morsi took office in June, becoming Egypt's first elected president with 51.7 percent of the vote, following the 2011 uprising against longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. Divisions among Egyptians sharpened after he took office, violent clashes spread, and a cash-strapped economy continued to deteriorate.

The poll was conducted in March, surveying 1,000 Egyptians with a 4.3 percent margin of error.