New poll shows Chirac popularity plunge

20th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 18 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac's popularity rating has plunged to a mere 28 percent, down 12 points in the past month, according to a poll conducted for the Sunday Journal du Dimanche.

PARIS, June 18 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac's popularity rating has plunged to a mere 28 percent, down 12 points in the past month, according to a poll conducted for the Sunday Journal du Dimanche.   

But 44 percent of those who replied said they were so far happy with the performance of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, whom Chirac appointed this month following the French referendum vote against the European Constitution.   

According to the monthly poll, which IFOP has been conducting since 1958, Chirac was approaching lows recorded in 1995 and 1996 during his first mandate.  

The late president Francois Mitterrand scored the lowest popularity rating of only 22 percent.   

The poll was based on questioning of 1,854 people over the age of 18 representative of the French electorate.

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