Popularity of France's Hollande continues decline: poll

PARIS Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:03am EST

France's President Francois Hollande listens in the courtyard following a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

France's President Francois Hollande listens in the courtyard following a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 17, 2012.

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PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande's approval rating declined for the sixth month in a row in November, a poll showed on Sunday, as he wrestles with a sickly economy and rising unemployment.

The number of people satisfied with Hollande's performance slipped by 1 percentage point to 41 percent in November, according to the Ifop poll, a new low since he became France's first Socialist president in 17 years in May.

Hollande said this week public criticism would not divert him from his goal of reviving the economy and called on voters to judge him in five years.

The approval rating of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, worsened at a faster rate, declining by 6 percentage points to 43 percent this month, according to the poll carried out for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

That was Ayrault's fifth consecutive monthly decline, the Ifop survey showed.

The poll was based on 1,917 people aged at least 18 and was carried out by telephone between November 8 and November 16, Ifop said.

(Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Comments (5)
actsoon wrote:
Hollande should meet with President Obama to learn the best way to govern. He has us on the edge of our seat waiting for his next move and endorsing everything he says.

Nov 18, 2012 8:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
mtj wrote:
A man who wishes to tax at 75%, beyond a certain level, is chosen to lead a nation ?
Oh well see how that goes….
The rich are really going to stay and to stay invested in such a nation ?
Oh well…..
France has the same problem as the US .. The one in charge does not have the basic ability to get the best out of the nation and its individuals.
Tax the rich and lets all be dragged to the same level, smile.
And, no, I am not rich ….

Nov 18, 2012 8:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
NCMAN64 wrote:
The fools in France have elected a socialist/Marxist, and now America has re-elected the same type of Marxist who has already bankrupted the USA. They both believe in taxing the job makers, so like others have said, we’ll see how that works out. All these taxes will find their way down to the middle class and under. The dumbing down of America continues, and American jobs are being handed to the illegals, because of the obama administration.

Nov 18, 2012 11:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
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