Tunisian Citizens Are Akin to Choosing a “Father-like” Leader

A recently published survey (Rouissi, 2011) reported that among the 1389 Tunisian participants, 49% of respondents were pro-Marzouki, 33% were against, whereas 18% had no opinion. A similar survey conducted by the same agency# the day after Essebsi’s nomination showed that 90% of the 2229 respondents were favorable to the former Prime Minister’s nomination. Preliminary comparisons showed another intriguing fact: the major third perceived quality of Essebsi (50%) is that “he has the stature of a President” and the third major defect seen in Marzouki (43%) is that “he lacks the stature of a President”.