Macron's popularity slips after announcing labor law reforms: poll

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-04 19:25:56|Editor: ying
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PARIS, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has dropped to a new low after his government revealed the controversial labor law reform plan last week, according to a poll published on Monday.

Macron's popularity declined by six points to only 30 percent, the poll conducted by YouGov for the Huffington Post and CNews.

The 39-year-old president has seen his popularity slip in polls for two consecutive months, from 36 percent in August and 43 percent in late June.

The latest drop for Macron seems to be the result of the revealed plan to overhaul France's protective labor law, with a loss of favorable opinions marked in the left-wing electorate who consider the reforms undermine workers' rights.

Macron lost eight points among the socialist voters and seven points among the far-left, the poll indicates. He also lost six points among the centrist voters.

However, the president recovered 6 points among the right-wing sympathizers, attaining 45 percent of favorable opinions.

French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, also faces a downward trend in popularity which stands at 32 percent, five points down from August.

Philippe is slightly more popular than Macron "thanks in particular to a clear rebound in the centrist voters," of whom 84 percent are in favor of the prime minister, says the poll.