But polls show Morsi’s popularity has fallen every month in office. A Zogby Research Services poll of 5,000 Egyptians, conducted over the weeks leading up to May 12 and released Monday, found that only 28 percent saw Morsi’s election as positive. That was down from 57 percent just after his inauguration. Other polls had his popularity as high as 74 percent a year ago.
Earlier this week, Morsi filled a Cairo stadium with thousands of supporters in a speech about Syria, announcing that Egypt would close its embassy in Damascus. Youssef called the crowd “the other planet.”
Throughout his show, Youssef mocked the expectations of what would come of the planned June 30 protests.
“What’s going to happen on the 30th of June?” he asked, before showing one talking head predicting “liberation and end of occupation” while another said: “The red carpet will be rolled out for Morsi.”
“Do you think Morsi is going to leave with the red card,” like an expelled soccer player? Youssef asked.
“If the president falls, Egypt will fall with it. There won’t be peace. There won’t be stability,” played the video from a commenter for a Salafist channel on a recent news program.
“That means we will stay as we are?” Youssef replied.
The 90-minute show tapes on Wednesday and airs Friday nights. Millions tune in, especially among liberals and Morsi opponents. Often cafes tune all the televisions to the program, and this Friday was no different, with a crowd at one laughing at Stewart’s observations about life in Egypt, cheering when he said how touched he was by Egyptian hospitality, and sitting silent as he spoke about the importance of satire, perhaps unsure of how they were expected to respond in what is supposed to be a democratic Egypt.