Poll: French feeling more optimistic
The French are feeling more optimistic, but they have a limited degree of trust in their government to deal with the sagging economy, an opinion poll to be published on Sunday suggests.Rennes - The French are feeling more optimistic, but they have a limited degree of trust in their government to deal with the sagging economy, an opinion poll to be published on Sunday suggests.
Fifty-five percent of respondents to the Ifop survey for the regional Ouest-France newspaper said they felt more upbeat about the future -- up from 33 percent in August 2008 and 39 percent in December.
The trend represents "a break with a particularly bleak year," said Ifop in its analysis of the results, a summary of which was released Saturday in advance of publication.
Fifty-nine percent trusted President Nicolas Sarkozy's government to do the right thing regarding the environment, and 55 percent felt likewise over the fight against crime.
But only 32 percent had faith in the government to deal with unemployment, 31 percent to lower taxes and 23 percent to improve the purchasing power of consumers.
The opinion poll was conducted by telephone on Thursday and Friday among a sample of 963 respondents, aged 18 or more, deemed representative of the overall French population.