Current issues within the framework of the parliamentary niche 2022

Survey conducted online from November 10 to 14, 2022. Sample of 1059 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over. Quota method and adjustments applied to the following variables: gender, age, socio-professional category, region.

Paris, 16 November 2022,

At the request of the parliamentary group of France Insoumise, Harris Interactive polled the French on several different current issues that relate to the proposals that the LFI group will present to the National Assembly as part of its parliamentary niche in 2022.

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All the tested measures are approved by a majority of the French, logically supported by those close to the political parties of the left (but not only). It should be noted that here the French expressed themselves more on the principles underlying these proposals and less on the practical methods of their implementation or even on the possible alternatives. Depending on whether it concerns institutional reforms or social proposals, nuances nevertheless arise:

  • The French show up in the vast majority in favor of the right to abortion and the right to contraception being guaranteed by the constitution (87% for the right to abortion, 92% for the right to contraception. 7 out of 10 French people even say they are “totally in favor”). A proposal that also crosses all partisan lines, from the LFI to the RN through the sympathizers of the president’s majority.
  • On the organization of democratic life 7 out of 10 French say they favor lowering the threshold of support for a joint initiative referendum to 1 million registered voters (knowing that today this type of referendum to be triggered must receive the support of 185 parliamentarians and 10% of the French registered on the electoral rolls).
  • More than 7 out of 10 French people say they favor the reintegration of firefighters who have not been vaccinated against covid-19 (74%) and unvaccinated caregivers (72%) if they followed an enhanced health protocol with presentation of a negative covid-19 test and use of personal protective equipment.
  • That creation of an official status for AESH (To accompany a student with a disability) is one of the proposals most positively received by the French (88% say they are in favor of it, including 46% who are “totally in favor”), a proposal that crosses all partisan divisions.
  • More of 7 out of 10 French people say they are in favor of banning bullfighting with the killing of the bull, where almost half (49%) are even “totally in favor”. A proposal supported mainly by sympathizers on the left, those close to EELV at the forefront (90%). While supporters of the president’s majority (69%) and Republicans (65%) are more measured, they are not opposed to this ban.
  • 2/3 of French say they favor the creation of a parliamentary inquiry into Emmanuel Macron’s role in the establishment and development of Uber in France when he was economy minister. A proposal that was received very positively by supporters of the left (87% of them close to LFI, 82% of them close to EELV) and RN (72%). Those close to the Socialist Party (69%) and Republicans (64%) are also mostly in favor, while 4 in 10 sympathizers of the president’s majority say they are in favor (40%).
  • The principle of a law aimed at avoiding concentration in the media (by limiting participation in media capital to 20% per person or company) is received positively by 8 out of 10 French people (79%), an approval level that crosses party lines.
  • The French are also most in favor of more proposals on social issues. If these proposals have the most support on the left of the political spectrum, sympathizers of the presidential majority and the LRs are more divided without opposing them.
    • 86% say they are in favor of introducing free access to the first cubic meters of water necessary for life (half of which are “completely favorable”),
    • 8 out of 10 French people (79%) declares implementation of a plan to prevent prices being higher in overseas territories than in mainland France,
    • Almost 8 out of 10 French people (77%) say they are in favor free energy renovation work for low-income households,
    • Regular subject of debate, theincrease of SMIC to €1600 net meets the support of almost 8 out of 10 French people (77%) and also receives a positive response from those close to the Republicans (64%) and the president’s majority (71%).
    • 76% say they are in favorintroduction of independence benefit for young people aged 18 to 25 years in education to supplement their income up to 1100 euros per month

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