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Hollande's popularity hits record low, new poll says

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-14

French President François Hollande’s approval ratings have dropped to a record low, with fewer than one in four voicing their support, a new poll showed. It is the lowest score recorded for a president since Ipsos began monthly opinion polls in 1996.

French President François Hollande’s approval ratings have fallen to a new low, with fewer than one in four voters now voicing their support.

Only 24 percent of those surveyed this month had a positive opinion of the Socialist president, according to an Ipsos agency poll conducted for "Le Point" magazine – the lowest score recorded by a sitting French president since Ipsos began its monthly popularity surveys in 1996.

Other recent polls have shown Hollande’s popularity with voters on the decline after a brief rise at the end of the summer.

The downturn follows the exposure of public divisions within the government – notably over the government's policies on how to deal with Roma migrants – and other embarassing incidents, including the publication of inaccurately upbeat unemployment figures due to a computer glitch.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who made headlines with his call for the Roma to be “delivered back to the border”, had the highest approval rating of any politician, with 56 percent of voters having a positive view of him.

Valls, increasingly tipped as a future presidential contender, owes his rise in popularity largely to a surge in his standing in the eyes of traditionally right-wing voters that has more than outweighed the damage that the Roma debate did to his standing on the left.

The telephone poll was conducted October 11-12 and based on a sample of 955 voters.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

 

 

Date created : 2013-10-14

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