Sarkozy's ratings stabilise, Fillon still rising
Nicolas Sarkozy's slide in popularity appears to have halted, while Prime Minister Francois Fillon's stock continues to rise.
PARIS, March 12, 2008 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy's slide in
popularity appears to have halted, while Prime Minister Francois Fillon's
stock continues to rise, according to a new poll due for release Wednesday.
The poll of 1,012 people carried out between March 6 and 10 by Opinionway,
indicated that 41 percent of those questioned were satisfied with the
president's performance: stable when compared with the February figures.
The proportion dissatisfied with Sarkozy's performance was down two
percentage points to 56 percent.
Fillon's satisfaction rating was up two points to 55 percent, while the
dissatisfaction rating had dropped six points to 39 percent.
Among the government ministers, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner led the
pack with a 65 percent satisfaction rating.
He was followed by Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo on 59 percent; and
Interior Minister Michele Alliot-Marie on 58 percent rating.
In the months leading up to local elections in France, the first round of
which was last weekend, Sarkozy's ratings had dropped sharply. The second and
final round of the elections are this weekend.
Pollsters attributed the steep drop to pessimism about the economy coupled
with perceptions that the president is distracted by his personal life, after
his divorce from second wife Cecilia and marriage to supermodel Carla Bruni.