Macron's Approval Rating Plunges, Only Chirac Was Worse

A Ifop poll released on Sunday showed that the approval rating of France's new President Emmanuel Macron tumbled by 10 points, hitting 54% in his third month in office, as voters were "either confused by plans for the tax system, shocked by a dispute with the head of the army or unsettled by upcoming labor laws reform", according to Journal dy Dimanche.

According to Bloomberg calculations, the 10 point slump for Macron, elected in early May, was the second-biggest decline for a French president so soon after election. Jacques Chirac dropped 15 points from his May 1995 election to July, the Paris-based pollster said. The survey for JDD was conducted by phone and online July 17-22 among 1,947 respondents.

While Macron made a strong start on the world stage and won a solid majority in parliament, dark clouds have emerged in recent weeks, especially after he was widely criticized by opponents and the press as heavy-handed after a row over budget cuts that ended with the resignation of a highly-regarded military chief, who infamous told a parliamentary committee "I won't let myself be fucked" before he resigned.

As The Local.fe reports, France's youngest-ever president, who has sought to project an image of authority since taking office in May, made clear during the row with the military boss that he would brook no insubordination as commander-in-chief. The leftist Liberation newspaper said Macron's "little authoritarian fit" could be a sign he was drunk on power and said it was time for him "to grow up a bit".

The 39-year-old leader has also backed a controversial bill to toughen France's security laws that includes measures some rights groups have branded as draconian. His majority in parliament has drawn concern, with opponents and several newspapers expressing concern over the concentration of power in the presidency.

Despite the steep drop, Macron’s rating is still quite high, especially compared with his predecessors. In September 1981, Francois Mitterand had 48% approval, Francois Holland could boast 56 percent in July 2012, and only Nicolas Sarkozy scored much better in July 2007, with 66 percent.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s approval rating also fell, dropping by 8 points to 56 percent said the poll of 1,947 adults carried out from July 17th-22nd.

Macron’s entry in the atmosphere is brutal, he’s facing the brunt of several sectors in society,” Jerome Fourquet, the head of Ifop opinion polls, told Journal du Dimanche quoted by Bloomberg. Fourquet said a tax increase that will hit retirees, new measures that that will curtail civil servants’ advantages and his demonstrations of “authoritarian style” in some cases were among reasons cited by those surveyed. “Some of those polled were openly criticizing a presidency based on communication,” he added.

There is hope the recent plunge won't continue, as the French leader’s agenda this week could help him move on from the domestic troubles. His first event Monday is a conference call with Germany’s Angela Merkel, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Later in the day, he’ll meet with scientists fighting the AIDS virus and he’ll finish his day with Bono, the U2 singer and co-founder of the ONE non-governmental organization.

His best chance to shine will come Wednesday at 5 p.m. when he has a meeting scheduled with the pop singer Rihanna at the Elysee presidential palace, according to his official agenda.


junction Sun, 07/23/2017 - 14:51 Permalink

A Rothschild NWO flunky.By the way, no explanation so far why the WSJ called the New York Police Department on Thursday when the mysteriously dead WSJ writer Joseph Rago did not show up for work. Paging Hillary Clinton, who nominated Rago for the Clinton Prize, always given posthumously. I wonder if the police "wellness" visit at 7:40 p.m. to check on Rago was the normal operating procedure. Talking about Apple devices, no mention of any phone calls the WSJ made to Rago while he was incommunicado. His death will probably be called an unfortunate drug death. Like the death planned for Liam Neeson's fictional character in the movie "Unknown". Or the actual deaths of the two SEALs on the Maersk Alabama, who coincidentally were security guards at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Health food addicts whose death is blamed on drugs or respiratory failure - take your pick.

HoyeruNew Sun, 07/23/2017 - 14:56 Permalink

haha I predictedf the Froggies will soon be sorry they chose an Illuminaty faggot stooge for a president! Same as how a lot of Ameircans(anybody BUT Hillary) are now sorry they voted for The Orange Buffoon. Soon, very soon I wanna see them what all the rednecks in the Red states do when their Medical get yanked and they need to go to the hospital.

johnnycanuck Sun, 07/23/2017 - 15:03 Permalink

"new measures that that will curtail civil servants’ advantages"Surely that must be bad. Like, they only want to work 35 hours a week but get paid full time pay. And full benefits of course.Cutting the Military budget.  Dastardly, without doubt simply dastardly. Surely there's no waste to be addressed there. Taxes?  Not much info given on that but hey, as Meatloaf said 2 out of 3 ain't bad.Maybe some folks should give little Macroon a chance before forming an opinion. 

Deep In Vocal … (not verified) Sun, 07/23/2017 - 15:14 Permalink

total fucking darkness coming to the french.. you want to elect rothchild puppets ehh? then fucking enjoy it you fucking dumb zombie...enjoy you filthy fucking french......dumb fucking idiots....facebook netflix google amazon...god damn fucking idiots

wholy1 Sun, 07/23/2017 - 15:41 Permalink

Okay, ya'll ignorant socialist Frogs - now "live" with the fucking [Rothschild shill] ABERRANT!  Ya'll soooooo deserve it - LMAO.

Rubicon727 Sun, 07/23/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

".......voters were "either confused......."Here's a classic case requiring HOW this poll was conducted. Who were included in the poll: only those who VOTED in the recent election, OR did the poll center on French citizens termed as "VOTERS?"I ask this because a huge segment of the French adult population DID NOT VOTE. They recognized Macron as a phony, and had deep questions about Marie Le Pen as she appeared to cave in to EU financial interests. So THAT'S FACT No. 1. Even more "no shows" failed to vote in France than in the recent US Presidential Election. (This tells you a lot about citizen's sentiment in the EU.)Fact No.2: thanks to the intricacies of their parliamentary system, Macron won by a tiny majority. ANOTHER WORDS, he did NOT WIN by a General Mandate.So IF the poll analyzed a couple thousand French adults, the swift decline is understandable because the poll may havegrouped some of the non-voting French citizens.Fact No.3: Macron's intentions are to decimate hundreds of thousands of civil servant and labor employees. And when those French folks who voted for him discover these intentions, then you can be quite sure, there will be a cavalcade of hatred against him.   

Vageling hanekhw Sun, 07/23/2017 - 16:17 Permalink

That old bread was his teacher. I mean... Really. It says alot about him. Plenty of us here wanted to fuck our attractive teacher. Hormones. It happens. But this guy married her. I suspect mother issues with Macron. But whatever. He is free to do that, just like I'm free to question it. He's some programmed product. He will never get the spontaneous part of life. He's like Rihanna. Robots programmed fora function.

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chonka Sun, 07/23/2017 - 16:06 Permalink

How do they do these sort of polls?  It should be a 'yes' or 'no' answer, but I have a feeling it's not.  Nobody just votes for someone one day and then easily changes their mind about that within 2 or 3 months.

Vageling Sun, 07/23/2017 - 16:09 Permalink

Rihanna? SMFH! These muppets refuse to get it. Fakes searching for fakes. Add Miley too. They can waive their pussies around.It shows. You screw over your top military chief, because of a tiny dick syndrome. Because as politician he thinks he knows better. But parade around with literally a nobody damn pop whore to try and be popular? This world is broken. No... We are broken as humans. Bread and play. All they offer. Rihanna? Really?