French president's poll numbers fall amid focus on love life
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's approval rating fell by six percentage points in a month , amid heavy focus on the head of state's romance with a former modelPARIS, January 16, 2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's approval
rating fell by six percentage points in a month in a poll released Wednesday,
amid heavy focus on the head of state's romance with a former model.
Sarkozy received a 49-percent approval rating in the Ipsos-Le Point poll
for January, with the same percentage saying they were dissatisfied with the
president. His approval rating in December stood at 55 percent.
A separate BVA institute poll released Tuesday showed Sarkozy with a
negative rating, with 48 percent giving him the thumbs-down compared with a
45-percent thumbs up.
It was Sarkozy's first negative rating since his election in May.
The drop "may be linked to financial concerns as well as a value judgment
on the presidential style," said BVA.
Sarkozy's slide has prompted some analysts to declare that his honeymoon in
office is over. Some have also drawn a link with his new romance with Italian
supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni.
Certain pollsters have suggested that photos of Sarkozy, 52, vacationing
with Bruni, 40, in Egypt and Jordan have irked voters, who feel he has been
neglecting their day-to-day concerns.
A government spokesman said Wednesday the poll numbers were the result of
Sarkozy seeking to push through tough economic reforms.
"We are in a politically delicate period ... when reforms have been set in
motion, when we have asked for effort, but with the results not yet completely
through the pipeline," said Laurent Wauquiez.
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