Macron's Popularity Falls Further in September: Poll

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity fell further in September, adding to the troubles his administration faces following the departure of high-profile ministers and a summer scandal over his bodyguard, a poll showed on Sunday.

Macron's Popularity Falls Further in September: Poll

Only 29 percent of those surveyed in September said they were satisfied with President Macron, down from 34 percent last month and 39 percent two months ago, the Ifop poll for Le Journal du Dimanche found.

Macron's popularity is low in most polls. The former investment banker won the 2017 election with 66.1 percent of the vote on a reformist project to modernize the Eurozone’s second-largest power, but many voters ranging from conservative pensioners to low-income workers complain his policies mostly benefit companies and the rich, Reuters reported.

The president was criticized last week for telling an unemployed man he could easily get a job if he tried.

Macron was dealt a blow earlier this month with the surprise resignation of his environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, a popular former activist and TV presenter. And on Sept. 18 interior minister Gerard Collomb, one of Macron's closest allies, announced plans to run for election as mayor of Lyon in 2020.

The Ifop poll was conducted on September 14-22 with a sample of 1,964 people.

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