Sarkozy's low approval rating jumps after Roma clampdown
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's approval rating jumped four percentage points to 34 percent in September, an opinion poll showed Sunday, despite rising criticism abroad over his Roma clampdown.
The approval rating for Sarkozy's prime minister, Francois Fillon, jumped five percentage points to 44 percent, according to the Opinionway poll for the Metro daily's Monday edition.
The poll of 1,006 adults telephoned between September 3 and 8 showed that 34 percent of respondents were satisfied with the head of state, compared with 30 percent in August, while 63 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied.
Around 44 percent of those questioned approved of Fillon, compared with 39 percent in August, while 50 percent were dissatisfied with the premier, compared with 54 percent last month.
After Sarkozy last month launched a clampdown on travelling minorities, including Roma, 43 percent of respondents said the government was not doing enough in terms of security, while 29 percent said it was doing "too much".
Around 51 percent of respondents said that if the opposition Socialists were in power, they would do "no better, no worse."
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