• France's news in English

François Hollande suffers drop in support: poll

The Local · 24 Aug 2012, 10:55

Published: 24 Aug 2012 10:55 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Some 49 percent of voters expressed confidence that Hollande is able "to deal effectively with the major problems facing the country", according to the CSA poll published in the Le Figaro daily.

The president polled 54 percent in July and 50 percent in June.

Support for the prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also fell, by four percent to join Hollande on 49 percent. 

Some 47 percent of voters do not trust the president and four percent were undecided. For Ayrault, the equivalent figures are 42 percent and nine percent.

The weakening support is not unprecedented however, with the pair's predecessors - Nicolas Sarkozy and François Fillon - also experiencing a decline in support in August 2007.

Sarkozy was however able to keep more than 50 percent of the French electorate on side until January 2008, the newspaper observed.

The twin problems of high unemployment and the economic crisis are of particular concern to French voters, with 62 percent of respondents stating the belief that the government is not sufficiently active.

Story continues below…

In a survey of the political popularity stakes, François Fillon retained his lead with 55 percent of voters expressing positive sentiments, followed by Alain Juppé on 53 percent and Manuel Valls on 49 percent.

The poll was conducted by telephone on August 21-22 and involved 998 people.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

2012-08-26 15:57:38 by merlu free
Fed up of survey. Obviously the popularity of politics is dropping. The worst is to come. Thick dark clouds above our heads. Ready for the big bang ?
Today's headlines
Calais migrants given mixed reception in French towns
Photo: AFP

Some in France have shown solidarity with their new guests, while others have made it clear they are not welcome.

Lonely Planet says Bordeaux is world's best city to visit
The fantastic new Bordeaux wine museum. Photo: AFP

After The Local France, the Lonely Planet has followed suit by urging everyone to head to Bordeaux in 2017.

Jungle shacks set ablaze and torn down as camp razed
All photos: AFP

IN PICTURES: The razing of the Jungle has finally begun.

Frenchwoman finds WW1 grenade among her spuds
Photo: AFP

It could have been a very explosive family dinner.

Refugee crisis
What rights to a future in France for Calais migrants?
Photo: AFP

What does the future hold for the migrants of the Jungle? Can they work or claim social benefits or travel freely inside Europe?

Pampers nappies 'contain carcinogenics': French study
Photo: Robert Valencia/Flick

The substances in the nappies are meant to prevent skin irritation but are cancerous, the study concludes.

France to scrap special prison wings for dangerous jihadists
Photo: AFP

The experiment has been ditched.

Myth busting: Half of French adults are now overweight
A model at the Pulp Fiction fashion show in Paris that represents society's diverse spectrum . Photo: AFP

Hold on, aren't the French all meant to be finely toned specimens with not an ounce of fat on them?

France poised to send bulldozers into Calais Jungle
Photo: AFP

As hundreds of migrants leave, the bulldozers are set to tear down the sprawling Calais shanty town on Tuesday.

UK to spend €40 million on securing Calais border
Photo: AFP

Britain spending big on security in Calais.

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available