The president had never been so unappreciated since 2019. Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating collapsed to 28% in March, a low not reached since the beginning of 2019 at the end of the Yellow Vests crisis, in when the government uses article 49.3 to pass its pension reform, according to the monthly Ifop barometer published by Le Journal du dimanche.
The Head of State is 28% satisfied (-4 points) and 70% dissatisfied according to this study carried out between March 9 and 16, i.e. during the negotiations which finally led Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne to resort to Article 49 paragraph 3 of the Constitution to have the highly contested reform adopted, which raises the legal retirement age from 62 to 64 years old.
This article allows the adoption of a text without a vote except motion of censure. Two motions filed by the oppositions are to be considered on Monday. Emmanuel Macron's popularity has fallen by 13 points since his re-election in May 2022. It had reached its lowest level (23%) in December 2018, at the height of the Yellow Vest protests.
For her part, the popularity of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne remained stable in March at 29% satisfied but with a little more dissatisfaction (67%, 1). She remains at her lowest level of popularity since her arrival at Matignon in May.
Survey conducted online with a sample of 1,928 people aged 18 and over, representative of the French population, according to the quota method, with a margin of error of between 1 and 2.3 points.
Consult our file: Pensions: the big bang