PARIS (Reuters) – The approval ratings of French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, whose Socialist government survived a no-confidence vote last week, dropped in February, an Ifop poll showed.
The proportion of those surveyed for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper who said they were satisfied with Hollande declined to 24 per cent from 29 per cent in January, when he was praised for his handling of the Islamist militant attacks in Paris.
Those saying they were “very dissatisfied” with the president rose by eight points to 37 per cent, the poll published on Sunday showed.
However, Hollande’s approval rating remains higher than at any time last year, when Ifop data showed it dropped to as low as 13 per cent. Pollster YouGov in November put his rating at 12 per cent, the worst score for a French president in modern-day polling.
Valls’ approval rating declined by seven points in February to 46 per cent from 53 per cent in January, according to Ifop. This remains above the level for the last six months of 2014, however. Valls was appointed on March 31.
The government survived a parliament no-confidence vote called by opposition conservatives on Thursday after it resorted to a decree to bypass broad opposition to a flagship economic reform bill.
The challenge was made after Valls on Tuesday resorted to the little-used mechanism to push through a package of economically liberal reforms opposed by the left – a tactic widely denounced as anti-democratic.
The Ifop survey was based on the views of 1,972 people gathered via phone and Internet between Feb 12 and Feb 21, Ifop said.