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Macron takes another nosedive in poll

The popularity rating of the President of the French Republic is in steep decline, to the point that he could beat François Hollande's unpopularity record.

Published: February 8, 2020, 6:47 am

    Paris

    The polls that follow on each other have all been looking the same for the executive. Even more so for the head of state, revealed a new survey commissioned by French daily Le Figaro with pollster Kantar-One Point.

    The president and his Prime Minister are in free fall and moreover the thorny issue of pension reform has only degraded their images. Since last September, Emmanuel Maron’s confidence rating has dropped by 8 points “to reach 24 percent”.

    This “trend” all the more worrying for Emmanuel Macron who, if it continues, could reach or exceed the lowest ever recorded score by a president, namely that of François Hollande. As a reminder, the Socialist had completed his mandate with a 22 percent score in 2017, recalled the JDD, Le Journal du Dimanche, a French weekly newspaper, despite a renewed confidence after the January 2015 attacks.

    Among the main factors, says Le Figaro, is the distrust of his right-wing electorate. The confidence of his supporters is crumbling, since they are currently only 28 percent “to trust him”, two points less in a month.

    On the right, politicians have understood the challenge for the coming weeks. By focusing their speeches on this opportunity, Les Républicains intends to recover the voters who turned to LREM in 2017.

    The pension reform has increased tension in the country. In January, another poll in the magazine l’Opinion revealed that 61 percent of French voters thought that Emmanuel Macron had to take into account their wishes and remove the reform. Today, it remains the heart of the problem for the head of state.

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