Egypt’s Fringe

A YouGov poll finds only a quarter of Egyptians want an Islamic state and just 27 percent want to scrap the peace treaty with Israel. 60 percent want to uphold the treaty. Adam Serwer reacts:

Egyptians already have a civil war going on next door; it makes sense that they wouldn't want to escalate tensions with their neighbor on the other side. I don't think it's a coincidence that the number of people who want to sever relations with Israel are about the same number who want an Islamic state, but either way, we're talking about the political fringe.

Let me put it this way: There is a larger percentage of birthers in the Republican Party than hardcore Islamists in Egypt.