The President, various elected politicians and a majority of the antique media keep asserting that they do not, some saying that they represent between 10 and 20% of the vote.
Buried in an article in Reuters, however, is this little factoid…
In such a disfigured political environment it is impossible to judge the real popularity of the Brotherhood. In parliamentary elections in 2005, the first stages of which were relatively fair, the Brotherhood won 88 of the 165 seats they contested. In the latter stages police stopped people voting.
That’s 53%, which sounds like a majority to me.
Why all the denial and obfuscation? If Egypt turns into another Iran before the next election that really doesn’t look good for the President.