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The Zogby Poll℠: Citizens of France, Germany and UK not happy with Macron, Merkel and May; A majority of adults in France and UK dislike Macron and May; Nearly half of adults in Germany dislike Merkel

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Zogby Analytics conducted online surveys of adults in the UK, France, and Germany 11/3/2017-11/7/2017. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for each sample is as follows:

 

Sample Number of completes Field Dates MOE
UK 611 11/3/2017 - 11/5/2017 +/- 4.0 Percentage Points
France 602 11/6/2017 - 11/7/2017 +/- 4.0 Percentage Points
Germany 633 11/6/2017 - 11/7/2017 +/- 3.9 Percentage Points

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When Emmanuel Macron formed the La République En Marche party, he was then subsequently elected President of France. He was hailed as a centrist who could bridge the major parties, and be able to bring about reform at home and across Europe. The honey moon period is now over and his favorable/unfavorable ratings reflect this change of heart among French citizens. More than half (52%) of French respondents surveyed are unfavorable (very unfavorable and somewhat unfavorable combined) of the French president while 28% are favorable of him and 9% are not sure. Men (54%) are slightly more unfavorable of the French leader compared to fewer women (49%), while citizens living in the suburbs (62%) are much more critical of Macron than those living in large cities (47%) and small cities (50%). Age also plays a factor in how Macron is viewed by the French people; younger adults aged 18-29 are less critical (47% unfavorable), while adults aged 50+ are much more unfavorable (54%).

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Since winning re-election for a fourth time in September, Chancellor Angela Merkel is looking to broker a governing coalition on the home front and take on the challenges associated with Brexit and European Union reform. As Europe's largest economy, Germany has been at odds lately with England over how much England will pay to "divorce" from the EU. Outside and inside of Germany, Merkel's favorability rating has also been taking a hit. At the moment, 40% of German adults view her as favorable (very and somewhat combined).Slightly less than half (49%) of German citizens are not favorable of Angela Merkel, and 8% are not sure. College educated (44%) citizens are more likely to be favorable compared with non-college educated Germans (35%). Also, Germans who earn between €71,000-100,000 annually (49%) are more likely to be favorable of Chancellor Merkel compared with those who earn €18,000-25,000 annually (34%).

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Among the European leaders we surveyed, Prime Minister Theresa May has the lowest favorability/unfavorability rating at 28% favorable, 61% unfavorable. A plurality (35%) is also very unfavorable of the controversial prime minister. Her numbers are low among all demographics, but are much lower among younger adults aged 18-29 (16% favorable/71% unfavorable) compared with adults 50+ (36% favorable/53% unfavorable).

Men (32%) are more favorable than women (24%). Adults who earn £10,001-20,000 annually (19%) are much less favorable of May compared with those who earn £75,001-100,000 annually (34%). With Brexit on the horizon and the domestic debate about the UK's future financial role in the European Union, Theresa May might find it hard to improve her extremely low popularity among the English people.

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