Poll: Macron's popularity falls to 25pc

A man sits on the roof of his car as people wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, block toll booth of the motorway in Antibes, France November 17, 2018. ― Reuters pic
A man sits on the roof of his car as people wearing yellow vests, a symbol of a French drivers' protest against higher fuel prices, block toll booth of the motorway in Antibes, France November 17, 2018. ― Reuters pic

PARIS, Nov 18 ― The popularity of French President Emmanuel Macron has dropped to just 25 per cent, according to a major tracker poll published today.

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 per cent were “mostly satisfied”.

Thirty-four percent were “mostly dissatisfied” while 39 per cent 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.

Macron's latest dip still has him higher than Hollande's 20 per cent at the same time of his term, while Sarkozy had a rating of 44 per cent.

Nearly 283,000 people took part in protests today that channelled anger at Macron, a former investment banker who has pushed through a series of reforms aimed at bolstering economic growth.

The “yellow vest” movement enjoyed much more public support than others against Macron since he swept to the presidency last year. ― AFP