French Socialist President’s Popularity Down to 15%


This is what happens when you govern like Obama, but you’re a short chubby white guy in glasses.

François Hollande’s approval rating has hit new lows, shedding six percentage points in a month with only 15 per cent of respondents now backing the beleaguered French president, a poll has found.

Asked how they judged Mr Hollande’s actions as president three per cent of respondents to the YouGov poll for the Huffington Post and i>TELE said they had a very positive opinion and 12 per cent said it was positive.
Seventy-six per cent said they had a rather negative or very negative opinion. Nine per cent would not comment.

The downturn follows the exposure of record unemployment, rising taxes and weak growth amid a growing nationwide feeling of despondency due to job cuts and factory closures.

Earlier this month, thousands of protesters angry at “ecotax” on heavy goods vehicles, promised to turn Brittany into Mr Hollande’s “cemetery”.

A 3 percent very positive means that you literally have no core supporters left.

Why not? Apparently it’s hard to build a cult of personality around a guy who looks like that. The American left got away with making an incompetent left-wing idiot who governs just as badly into their messiah based on a surface charisma and race. Hollande doesn’t have either of those going for him.

He’s just the French edition of Jimmy Carter.

  • chan chan

    If only he was a half-caste, he’d be enjoying approval ratings of, oh, 40% or more…

  • Kuriyaki

    I wish this was Obama’s popularity rating. I wonder how that would be reported? Say what you want about the French at least they report the truth.

  • CowboyUp

    Was francois able to get away with manipulating the economic data like obama and the dp? It turns out that too good to be true unemployment drop just before the election was, of course, too good to be true. If obama had been a Republican, the msm would have been skeptical, to say the least.

    Too many of the French bought francois’ too good to be true promises, like too many of us bought Obama’s, and it’s too late for many by the time the reality of those pie in the sky policies slaps them in the face. The sad thing is, they’ll get suckered all over again by the next left wing flimflam artist to come down the pike.

  • Biff Henderson

    I bet to differ. When America’s progressive utopia starts to collapse under its own weight the face of a thousand Obamian mythomaniacs may skew the numbers a tad but not enough to save them from the public’s wrath.

    • Will

      Obama could eat a live baby on TV and the mythomaniacs would tell you he didn’t do it but it needed to be done so it was a very good thing that he did do it. All in the same breath.

  • Habbgun

    Jacques Tati call your office.

  • Nixys

    Australia and Canada voted in conservatives, but America and France are stuck with economically illiterate socialists.

    I truly hope this will finally break the French addiction to socialism, but I think that would take real catastrophe.

    • DogmaelJones1

      Hollande I think is genuinely illiterate and believes in the efficacy of policies that can only lead to disaster. However, I don’t think Obama is illiterate, at least, not in the sense that he knows how free markets work and work best without government interference. He is “negatively” literate, that is, he knows how to destroy and wreck things that do work but he wouldn’t be able to tell you how they work. For example, he knows that car engines work, couldn’t tell you how, but he’d know he could destroy it by pouring sand in the gas tank. By way of analogy, that’s what he is doing to this country’s economy now. He knows what he’s doing. Hollande is a certifiable idiot (and looks the part). Obama is a nihilist.

      • Nixys

        You’re right, I am convinced at this point that Obama is thoroughly a “true believer” and that’s what makes him dangerous. France’s idiot socialist might give up if he angers enough people.

  • Chris Morrison

    Dear Dear M Hollande. He might look like and idiot, talk like an idiot and behave like an idiot, but don’t let that fool you…..he really IS an idiot!