Three-quarters of French people say they have a bad opinion of Jean-Luc Mélenchon whose image has deteriorated significantly in two years, according to an Odoxa poll for Le Figaro and Franceinfo. A total of 72% of French people say they have a bad opinion of the leader of the insubordinate France (35% "rather bad" and 37% "very bad"), according to this poll published Thursday.
On the other hand, 28% have a good opinion (5% "very good" and 23% "rather good"), 14 points lower than in September 2017 (42%) and eight less than November 2017 (36%). The popularity of Jean-Luc Mélenchon remains extremely high in the ranks of LFI supporters (95% have a good opinion of him), but supporters PS, EELV, LREM, LR and RN have a majority of a bad opinion of him.
A personality deemed "aggressive"
On the image side, 73% of respondents think that the qualifier "aggressive" applies "rather well" to their personality (+4 points). Conversely, a majority considers that "close to people", "competent", "honest" or "friendly" apply "rather badly". Asked further whether they consider that the trial of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and five of his relatives Thursday and Friday after the eventful search of October 2018 at the headquarters of LFI was "political" as they claim, 62% French people say they disagree, while 37% agree.
Finally, 65% see Jean-Luc Mélenchon "rather a handicap" for LFI (34% "an asset") and 74% "rather a handicap for the left" ("rather an asset" for 25%). This survey was conducted by internet on 18 and 19 September, according to the quota method, with a representative sample of the French population of 1,005 people aged 18 years and over. The margin of error is 1.4 to 3.1 points.
Another poll, Elabe for BFMTV, published on Wednesday, showed that 76% of respondents thought that the qualifier of "authoritarian" applied to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 72% thinking it for the term "arrogant", 58% for "dynamic". And 61% "disagreed" with the idea that the trial is "political" (39% "agree").
A poll criticized
LFI deputies criticized the poll Odoxa Friday, Adrien Quatennens seeing on Radio Classic "a manipulation" while Eric Coquerel spoke on Public Senate the consequences of "images that loop that suggest that Jean-Luc Mélenchon is someone who does not control himself ". Mathilde Panot, on RFI, has preferred to highlight the nearly "four in ten French" who think the trial is "political".