Chirac and Raffarin continue to slide in polls

29th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 28 (AFP) - Less than one French adult in three has confidence in President Jacques Chirac and his prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a new poll released Wednesday showed.

PARIS, April 28 (AFP) - Less than one French adult in three has confidence in President Jacques Chirac and his prime minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, a new poll released Wednesday showed.

The survey, by the TNS-SOFRES company, found support for Chirac has slumped to 32 percent, down three points from last month, while Raffarin has only 26 percent of the country thinking he is doing a good job.

The results came after March regional elections that resulted in a drubbing for Chirac's ruling centre-right party, which lost every regional assembly it once held.

Raffarin held on to his job, but was tasked with overseeing a deep government reshuffle in a bid to convince the country to let him press on with reforms that have stirred protests in many sectors, including by teachers, lawyers, entertainment workers and hospital staff.

The survey found that Nicolas Sarkozy, the former interior minister who has taken over the economic and finance portfolio, was France's most popular politician, with 55 percent support.

Sarkozy is widely seen as a rival to Chirac in presidential elections due to take place in 2007.

The poll, carried out last week, questioned 1,003 adults.


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