After Macron was booed when visiting a factory earlier this week, his polls have swung 12 points in Marine Le Pen’s favor. Polling firm Opinionway-Orpi found Le Pen at an all time high of 41 percent with Macron hitting 59 percent.
While this is quite a separation between the candidates, Macron is down from a thirty point lead after he and Le Pen won the first round of voting in the French elections.
Le Pen has been highlighting her opposition to Islam’s cultural conquest of France and their terror attacks on the native population there while Macron has stated that France should accept the fact that Islam was going to be a factor in France.
French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron is met with whistles, boos and chants in favour of his far-right rival Marine Le Pen as he makes a chaotic visit to an under-threat factory in northern France. IMAGES
Polls in the French presidential race are tightening as Emmanuel Macron’s campaign gets off to a lacklustre start and more voters come out in support of Marine Le Pen.
According to a new poll from Opinionway-Orpi released Thursday, the gap is narrowing between pro-globalist presidential candidate Macron and rival Le Pen, with Macron losing two percentage points in just two days, L’Express reports.
Macron dropped below 60 per cent to 59 per cent, with Le Pen at 41 per cent. The survey was carried out multiple times since February and Le Pen has only crossed the symbolic 40 per cent mark twice.
In the first polling after they had made it through to the second round, the En Marche! candidate had polled at 65 per cent of voting intentions, compared with 35 per cent for Le Pen.
Macron’s sudden drop in the polls could be linked to his PR disaster earlier this week when he visited a Whirlpool factory in his hometown of Amiens which is under threat of closure due to outsourcing.
Upstaging the planned visit, Le Pen met with the plant workers and was greeted with cheers and staff lining up for selfies. Several hours later when Macron arrived he was met with whistles, boos, and chants of “Marine for President!”
Polling firm Elabe has produced a poll that presents another reason for Macron’s decline. According to the survey, only 43 per cent of those surveyed thought that Macron’s campaign had gotten off to a good start. Fifty per cent said Le Pen’s campaign had started strong immediately after the first round results.
Not even Macron’s own supporters felt their candidate had started strongly, with 17 per cent believing the campaign could have started better.