Sarkozy’s rating at highest level in months
Approval rating for the French President soars to highest in months, with 47 percent of voters approving of his decisions.18 September 2008
PARIS -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy's approval rating has bounced back to its highest level in months, with 47 percent of voters voicing a good opinion of him, a poll showed Tuesday.
Sarkozy's popularity collapsed at the start of this year amid public concerns over rising living costs and irritation at his high-profile divorce and re-marriage to the former supermodel Carla Bruni.
But commentators believe the president's image has received a boost from his role in negotiating a ceasefire in the Russia-Georgia conflict, as holder of the European Union presidency.
According to the BVA-L'Express poll, 47 percent of the French have a "good" or "very good" opinion of the president, up 12 points since July. The number who voiced a bad opinion has fallen from 60 to 48 percent.
Sarkozy's approval rating made the biggest jump among supporters of his right-wing camp, to 74 percent, according to the telephone poll of 955 people carried out on 12 – 13 September.
Survey after survey early this year 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.
A poll published earlier in September by LH2-NouvelObs.com put the president's approval rating above the 40-percent threshold for the first time in months, after hitting an all-time low of 32 percent in April.
[AFP / Expatica]