LEmmanuel Macron’s popularity rating was stable in May, with 41% of favorable opinions, compared to 45% for the new Prime minister, Élisabeth Borne, who enjoys a lower credit than her predecessors for her debut in Matignon, according to an Ifop poll for The Sunday Paper. One month after his re-election, no booster effect, for the head of state, whose action is considered unsatisfactory by 58% of respondents (1% do not speak out).

This level is also in the average of the last two years, with a peak at 43% of favorable opinions in March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. Emmanuel Macron is slightly ahead of Elisabeth Borne, with 45% of respondents saying they are happy with his action, and 43% unhappy, 12% not speaking out. The new head of government is filling up more among women (47%) than men (43%), and scores best among pensioners (56%) and over-65s (60%).

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The popularity of former Prime Ministers

Elisabeth Borne leaves with a much thicker mattress than most of her predecessors, according to this monthly barometer. Jean Castex had thus taken his first steps at Matignon in July 2020 with 55% of positive judgments, like Édouard Philippe in May 2017. Manuel Valls (58%), Jean-Marc Ayrault (65%) and François Fillon (62%) also benefited from more wind in their backs. We have to go back to Dominique de Villepin, appointed Prime Minister by Jacques Chirac in June 2005, to find a similar starting capital (44%).