Sarkozy gets boost in poll rating
A recent poll released on Monday shows that French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s approval rating jump to its highest in months.9 September 2008
PARIS -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy's approval rating has jumped to its highest level in months, with 45 percent saying they are satisfied with his performance, according to a poll released Monday.
But 52 percent of respondents still say they disapprove of Sarkozy, whose popularity soared after he took office in May 2007 on a platform calling for sweeping reforms.
The LH2-NouvelObs.com poll showed a jump of 11 points over the past three months, from June to September, putting the president's poll rating above the 40-percent threshold for the first time in months.
One thousand and one people were interviewed by telephone for the poll on 5 and 6 September.
Sarkozy's approval rating fell below 40 percent early this year and for months showed no sign of bouncing back.
Pollsters said voters were disappointed with Sarkozy as they grew increasingly worried about rising living costs.
They were also irked by his high-profile divorce and remarriage to ex-model Carla Bruni in February.
Survey after survey showed that cost of living had replaced unemployment as the number one concern of French voters - with Sarkozy accused of reneging on a central election pledge to boost purchasing power.
In April, his approval rating dropped eight points in a month, falling to 32 percent, his lowest since his election.
Several recent polls have shown a slight improvement in his popularity rating which has inched up by between one and five points.
[AFP / Expatica]