Nicolas Sarkozy's approval rating has fallen to 39 percent, its lowest since he was elected president of France in May, an opinion poll showed Monday. A second survey said it had fallen to 42 percent.
PARIS, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy's approval rating
has fallen to its lowest level since he was elected president of
France nine months ago, two opinion polls showed on Monday.
A monthly IPSOS poll for weekly Le Point said support for
Sarkozy had fallen 10 points to 39 percent in February, and a
CSA poll for daily Le Parisien and i>Tele television said it had
fallen six points in a month to 42 percent.
The surveys did not provide details on respondents' reasons
for their answers but previous polls have pinpointed disapproval
of his public romance with former model Carla Bruni, whom he
married on Feb. 2, and anger over the cost of living as causes.
The IPSOS poll of 944 people carried out on Feb. 8 and 9
said Sarkozy's approval rating had fallen from 49 percent a
month earlier. The number of respondents who disapproved of
Sarkozy rose 9 percentage points to 58 percent from 49 percent.
In contrast, the approval rating of Prime Minister Francois
Fillon, who has been relatively low-key in his public statements
while Sarkozy has taken centre stage, continued to improve. It
rose to 52 percent in February from 45 percent in January.
The CSA poll of 1,004 people, conducted on Feb. 6 and 7,
also found Fillon's popularity had grown, rising 5 points to 47
percent, while the number of respondents who did not trust
Sarkozy had increased to 52 percent from 45 percent.
In both polls, Sarkozy's approval rating was the lowest
since he won France's presidential election in May.
Date created : 2008-02-11