Pensions: a majority of French people welcome the withdrawal of the pivotal age but continue to find the strike justified, according to a survey

Pensions: a majority of French people welcome the withdrawal of the pivotal age but continue to find the strike justified, according to a survey

UThe majority of French people (57%), however, want the movement to stop, according to an Odoxa-Dentsu consulting poll for franceinfo and “Le Figaro” published on Thursday. This figure rises to 66% in Ile-de-France, the most affected region.

Protesters during the rally against the pension reform, January 16, 2020 in Paris.  (THOMAS SAMSON / AFP)

55% of French people believe that removing the pivotal age from the pension reform project is a good decision, according to an Odoxa-Dentsu consulting survey for franceinfo and Le Figaro published Thursday, January 16. However, two-thirds of those questioned (67%) consider that this decision comes too late, after more than a month of strike. In addition, more than half of the French (53%) consider that it is a reasonable compromise.

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Regarding the strike, a majority of French people (57%) want the movement to stop, a figure rising to 66% in Ile-de-France, the most affected region. This is the case for a majority of socialist sympathizers (56%), Europe Ecology-The Greens (53%), La République en Marche (91%), and Republicans (83%). On the other hand, a large majority of supporters of La France insoumise (77%) and the National Rally (64%) want the strike movement to continue.

Odoxa-Dentsu consulting survey for franceinfo and Le Figaro published on February 16, 2020 (STEPHANIE BERLU / RADIO FRANCE)

A strike justified for two thirds of those polled

Despite this majority desire for an end to the strike among the French population, two-thirds of those questioned (66%) believe that the strike against the pension reform is justified. This is five points more than in the previous survey carried out on January 8.

All the protagonists of this social conflict are rejected by public opinion, the executive as well as the opposition and the unions. 67% of the French have a bad opinion of Emmanuel Macron in this conflict, 64% have a bad opinion of Edouard Philippe, 73% have a bad opinion of the political parties in this sequence, while the unions collect between 56% (for the CFDT) and 62% (for the CGT) of bad opinions.

This survey was carried out on January 15 and 16 by internet, with a sample of 1,001 French people representative of the French population aged 18 and over.