Emmanuel Macron’s once high levels of popularity are rapidly deserting him, crashing to a new low last week:
The popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron has dropped to just 25 percent, according to a major tracker poll published on Sunday.
The poll by research group Ifop was published in the Journal du Dimanche a day after a nationwide “yellow vest” protest against high fuel prices that analysts say has come to represent widespread frustration with the 40-year-old president.
The results of the widely watched poll showed an overall fall of four points in November from the previous month, with only four percent of respondents saying they were “very satisfied” with Macron’s performance, while 21 percent were “mostly satisfied”.
Thirty-four percent were “mostly dissatisfied” while 39 percent were “very dissatisfied”, according to the poll.
The survey was conducted between November 9-17 on 1,957 people.
The results reinforce a longer-term trend of French voters turning quickly on their presidents soon after their election — something which also happened to Macron’s predecessors Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Before getting too excited, remember that Francois Hollande, Macron’s predecessor, had disapproval ratings of 90%. That didn’t translate into votes for the National Front. Instead, the French people just elected another leftist. The French established dressed up Macron as something “new and shiny” when he was a simple continuance of the same policies that have governed France for the last several decades.
We’ll see if the French people have finally learned this lesson this time, or if they are going to elect more leftists when the next election rolls around.