Macron's approval ratings suffer setback amid controversial reforms

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-03 19:09:26|Editor: Song Lifang
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PARIS, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- After a short honeymoon at the Elysee Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron saw his popularity sharply sliding in July, a survey showed Thursday.

A YouGov poll for the CNews and HuffPost said 36 percent of respondents have good opinion about Macron at the end of last month, compared with 43 percent who endorsed his action earlier in July.

The debut of the head of state approved by 81 percent of the centrists, including the ruling camp The Republic on The March, MoDem and UDI parties, was down by 14 points, according to the poll.

Having won a May election with 66.1 percent of the vote, Macron promised pro-market reforms to revive lifeless domestic labor market and encourage companies' investment which he said were needed to put the country economy on track.

However, his liberal roadmap seemed ignited critics with trade unions planned nationwide protest on Sept. 12, the first street test to the youngest president in France's modern history.

YouGov questioned 1,003 respondents on July 26-27.