French Presidential Emmanuel Macron
According to a Odoxa poll for L'Express, La Presse régionale and France Inter published on Tuesday, almost half of those polled – 45 per cent – said that they “adhered to” the independent centrist’s “ideas” and backed his presidential bid.
Mr Macron, 39, a former economy minister under François Hollande and an ex-Rothschild banker, is currently the favourite to win the upcoming presidential election.
Left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon is France’s second most popular presidential hopeful: 40 per cent of French voters said that they felt “sympathetic towards” and “liked” the anti-establishment candidate, who has the support of France’s hardline Communist Party.
Hard-leftist Benoît Hamon – the Socialist party’s deeply unpopular candidate – is the third most popular politician: 31 per cent of those interviewed told pollsters said that his views echoed their own and that they wanted him to win the presidency.
Mr Macron, 39, is a former economy minister under François Hollande and an ex-Rothschild banker Who will be the next President of France? Mon, March 20, 2017
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Nearly a third of those polled – 29 per cent – said that Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wing nationalist Front National party, was the most likeable and relatable presidential candidate.
Only 19 per cent of those interviewed, however, said that they felt sympathetic towards flailing centre-right candidate François Fillon, the former presidential favourite.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s right-wing nationalist Front National party
Hard-leftist Benoît Hamon is the third most popular politician
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The scandal-hit candidate’s legal woes – he was placed under formal investigation for misuse of public funds earlier this month – have blemished his reputation and left his campaign in tatters: 60 per cent of those polled said that they “disliked” Mr Fillon.
In addition, more than one in eight French voters – 83 per cent – said that they were “interested” in the presidential race.
The first vote in France’s two-round presidential election will take place on April 23; the second and final round of voting is slated for May 7.
A total of 1,005 French voters aged 18 and over were polled from 22-23 March.