Curfew: French mostly approve Emmanuel Macron’s decision, a survey says

Published by Alexandre G. · Published on 15 October 2020 at 18h08 · Updated on 16 October 2020 at 18h33
A survey carried out for Franceinfo and Le Figaro says 64% of the French are for the implementation of the curfew announced on Wednesday October 14, 2020 by President Macron. About 71% of the surveyed think the restrictions are not respected enough by citizens.

What do French think about the curfew decreed by Emmanuel Macron? The French President announced, on Wednesday October 14, 2020, the implementation of a curfew in Paris, Île-de-France and 8 cities in order to halt the spread of Covid-19. A survey carried out by Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting for Franceinfo and Le Figaro released on Thursday October 15 says 64% of the French are for it.

When looking at the different use of the different political sides of the fence of the surveyed, a few differences can be noticed. Of course, 83% of the LREM voters approve this restriction, when about 70% of Les Républicains supporters agree wholeheartedly. As for Rassemblement national, the survey gives 52% of its voters for the implementation of the curfew.

Yet, even though a large majority of citizens accepts the decision of the head of state, the survey says fewer are doubtful. As a matter of fact, 54% of the surveyed think the French will not stick to the curfew in areas concerned. In Rassemblement national electors, 71% of them agree. Out of the 1,004 French people surveyed, said to represent a “representative sample of the French population 18+”, 63% of them acknowledge President Macron has been clear, and 55% of the surveyed think the head of state showed he understood the country’s preoccupations.

Yet, if the French somehow accept the government’s decisions, 53% are still doubting of Emmanuel Macron’s sincerity. By the way, 57% of the surveyed do not trust him to make the right measures amid the fight against the pandemic. One thing is sure: the trending words on Twitter during the President’s address show the state of mind of a part of the population: “Unfair”, “incoherent”, or even “young” show the resentment curfew has sparked in the public opinion.

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