Approval Ratings for Hollande, Ayrault Rise

President Hollande's approval ratings have risen slightly of late.  Photo: Studiotobago for flickr.

President Hollande’s approval ratings have risen slightly of late. Photo: Studiotobago for flickr.

Things may be looking up for French President François Hollande, as his approval ratings rose 2% to reach 32% on September 3. Those of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also rose 2% to reach 38%. Results were measured according to a survey conducted by marketing firm Institute français d’opinion publique (IFOP).

According to the survey, 67% of the French disapprove of Hollande, with 1% holding no opinion. Regarding international affairs, 55% believe that Hollande is doing his best to defend the interests of the country abroad, especially in light of the Syrian conflict. Meanwhile, 60% disapprove of Ayrault, with 2% holding no opinion.

The French President has been battling low popularity ratings all year, with approval ratings hitting a record low of 26% in June.

Hollande was elected with promises to combat the financial crisis, but given the still-high French unemployment rate and continued crisis in the Eurozone, the French public has grown increasingly disillusioned with his administration.

In August, an IFOP poll found that 84% of the French public did not have faith that Hollande would be able to reverse the rising unemployment by the end of 2013.

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