France's Sarkozy tumbles into negative poll rating
Nicolas Sarkozy suffered another setback in the polls when a survey showed more French people disapprove of his performance
PARIS, January 16, 2008 - President Nicolas Sarkozy suffered another
setback in the polls on Tuesday when a survey showed more French people
disapprove of his performance than those who approve.
For the first time since his election in May, the poll by the BVA institute
showed Sarkozy had a negative rating, with 48 percent giving him the
thumbs-down compared with a 45-percent approval rating.
BVA pollsters said the shift was due to disappointment over what
respondents view as the president's failure to address a loss in French
families' purchasing power.
The drop "may be linked to financial concerns as well as a value judgment
on the presidential style", said BVA.
Polls in recent weeks showed Sarkozy's rating dropping to a low of 48
percent, prompting analysts to declare his honeymoon in office over and some
drawing a link with his new romance with Italian supermodel Carla Bruni.
Some pollsters have suggested that photos of Sarkozy, 52, vacationing with
Bruni, 40, in Egypt and Jordan have irked voters, who feel he was neglecting
their day-to-day concerns.