SAccording to an Odoxa-Backbone Consulting poll for franceinfo and “Le Figaro”, 64% of respondents affirmed that they would support a protest movement against a new pension reform project and 16% indicated that they would participate in it.
Six in ten French people (60%) do not want the suspended pension reform with Covid-19 to be relaunched by the time of the presidential election, indicates the Odoxa-Backbone Consulting survey for franceinfo and Le Figaro published Thursday, June 10. If a protest movement emerges, 64% of those polled say they would support it.
53% of executives and 66% of workers are opposed to the pension reform
All categories of the working population show a rejection of this reform: 53% of executives and 66% of workers do not want this reform launched in 2020 to be relaunched by the time of the presidential election.
Among political tendencies, supporters of La France insoumise are the most hostile, with 78% opposing views. This idea is also widely rejected by PS sympathizers (71% opposition) and by RN sympathizers (68%). Among those polled, 59% of LR supporters also show their opposition. Unsurprisingly, it is the LREM supporters who are the most enthusiastic about seeing this reform materialize within a year: 70% say they are in favor, 28% say they are against.
Are the French in favor or against the passage of the retirement age from 62 to 64? 70% of those polled are “totally opposed” or “somewhat opposed”. LFI sympathizers, those of the RN and the PS are the most hostile. This measure does not meet with the majority of LR sympathizers questioned, who are 53% to be hostile to it. Only LREM sympathizers are mostly in favor, at 63%. “This refusal to raise the retirement age has been a constant for years: the French were already 70% to declare themselves hostile to it in September 2019”, souligne Odoxa-Backbone Consulting.
A “latent social anger”
This opposition “Could result in a social explosion”, according to this study. Indeed, 64% of French people questioned say they would support a protest movement against a new pension reform project. They are 16% to indicate that they would participate. If only half of these intentions came true, it would represent “More than 4 million French people in the streets”, indicates Odoxa-Backbone Consulting. These data echo previous polls, including the Odoxa-FG2A-BFM recovery barometer according to which “The French and the small bosses were already a large majority to anticipate a great protest movement this fall and were one in two to say they were ready to support it when it did not even have a ‘pretext’ yet”, underlines the institute which evokes a “Latent social anger”.
This Odoxa-Backbone Consulting survey for franceinfo and Le Figaro was carried out on a sample of 1,005 French people representative of the French population aged 18 and over, interviewed online on June 9 and 10, 2021.