Chirac, Raffarin slump in popularity poll

20th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 18 (AFP) - A majority of French people are dissatisfied with the work of President Jacques Chirac, according to a new opinion poll that showed his popularity has dropped by six percentage points in a month.

PARIS, Sept 18 (AFP) - A majority of French people are dissatisfied with the work of President Jacques Chirac, according to a new opinion poll that showed his popularity has dropped by six percentage points in a month.  

Most French are also unhappy with Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, whose rating also dropped by six points over the past month, said the Ifop survey to be published Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche.  

Fifty-three percent of those asked said they were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the work of the president, while 43 percent said they believed Chirac was doing a good job, the poll said.   

Last month 49 percent said they were satisfied with the conservative president, whose first election victory in 1995 ended 14 years of years of Socialist presidency.  

Four percent did not respond in the latest poll.   

Raffarin scored even worse, with just 31 percent of those asked - down six points since August - saying they were happy with his work, while 64 percent were dissatisfied.  

The telephone poll, carried out between September 9 and 17, questioned a sample of 1,852 persons aged 18 and over.

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