PARIS – Two-thirds of French people do not trust the government in the conduct of reforms promised by President Emmanuel Macron, revealed Wednesday the annual barometer for the M6 and RTL
According to the survey conducted from 27 to 28 December, only 33% of French people trust the government to "act in the right direction" with regard to the reform of the institutions, 32% for the reform of health insurance and 29% for pensions.
The results reveal that the French are much more concerned about purchasing power, but also say they are "very favorable" (80%) to the citizens' initiative referendum (RIC) claimed by the "yellow vests".
Two out of three French people (67%) think that the government must "above all help the purchasing power of the French", even if it does not control the debt and the deficit of France, against 27% for which the control of debt and deficit remains the priority.
For the RIC, one of the main demands of the movement of "yellow vests", mobilized for nearly two months, the French respondents say they overwhelmingly support to propose a law (80%), to repeal one (72%) or terminate the mandate of an elected official (63%).
The RIC is a political tool that gives the citizen the opportunity to draft a bill and submit it to popular vote, either by Parliament or by referendum.
In this context, 47% of respondents favor the "yellow vests" presenting a list in the European elections of May 2019, which represent a crucial stake for the political future of President Macron. Supporters of insubordinate France and the French Communist Party (PCF) are in favor with 64%, the National Rally with 58% and the Socialist Party (PS) with 56%.
Regarding purchasing power, 73% of French respondents consider it the first priority assigned to the government for 2019, in the fight against terrorism (71%) and against unemployment (70%).
However, the majority of French people declare themselves to be "pessimistic" for the year 2019, during which President Macron intends to launch a national debate, at a time when the movement of "yellow vests" is still mobilized.
In his December 31 greetings to the French, President Macron showed his determination not to change the course of his reforms in spite of the frustration of the French expressed by the "yellow vests".
The opposition reacted strongly to his speech, reproaching him "for being far from the reality and expectations of the French who demand more purchasing power."