Macron struggles to save popularity as poll shows 55 per cent brand him ‘bad president’

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
By Paul Martin

MORE than half of French voters are now dissatisfied with Emmanuel Macron according to a new poll six months after he was made President.

Wed, Nov 29, 2017

The once promising French president now appears to be struggling to win over the public as his ratings remain stuck in negative territory.

Of those questioned, 55 per cent thought Mr Macron was a “bad president” in the latest poll published yesterday and conducted by established survey organisation Odoxa for centrist French weekly magazine L’Express and radio station France Inter.

But 45 per cent of respondents expressed satisfaction with the 39-year-old head of state, telling pollsters he was a “good president”, up one percentage point from October.

Despite the slight uptick in his Odoxa approval rating, the poll confirms a shocking decline for a president who basked in a landslide victory little more than six months ago.

Mr Macron’s conservative prime minister, Edouard Philippe, is also failing to win over the French.

The poll of 1,009 French adults shows the premier’s popularity rating is both stagnant and negative: 53 per cent think he is a “bad prime minister”, while less than half – 46 per cent – think the opposite. One per cent of respondents refrained from answering.

Additionally, 63 per cent of those interviewed, interviewed between November 22-23, said they were “shocked” by Mr Macron’s decision to keep his former spokesperson Christophe Castaner in his government despite his new role as the leader of the president’s centrist Republic on the Move (REM) party.

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