Cairo: According to results of a poll conducted by the US-based Pew Research Center, more than half of all Egyptians would like to see the 1979 peace treaty with Israel annulled.

The poll, released on Monday, highlights the deep unpopularity of the three-decade-old treaty, which is central to US policy in the region and was scrupulously adhered to by former President Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted on February 11.

According to the polls, most Egyptians are optimistic about where the country is headed following the 18-day popular uprising, and they look forward to greater democracy in their country.

According to the poll results, only 36 percent of Egyptians are in favour of keeping the treaty, compared with 54 percent who would like to see it scrapped.

Despite the decades of peace and limited trade between the two countries, most Egyptian hold the view the Israel is poor largely because of perceptions that they mistreat the Palestinians.

In the polls, opinions varied according to income, with 60 percent of lower income Egyptians supporting the treaty's cancellation while only 45 percent of the wealthier classes thinking it should be done away with.

Only 40 percent of Egyptians with a college education thought that the treaty should be annulled.