French President Emmanuel Macron maintains a high chance of being re-elected for a second term in the presidential election in April 2022. This is according to the results of a poll by the polling service Ipsos, published on Friday, January 7.
The survey, conducted three months before the election, confirms that the current head of state can count on 26% of the vote in the first round. Meanwhile, 68% of those who voted for him in the 2017 election intend to support his re-election to a second term.
His support also includes 30% of those who voted five years ago for former French Prime Minister François Fillon.
It is noted that Macron has not yet officially put forward his candidacy.
The closest rival of the current leader is the candidate of the “National Union” party Marine Le Pen. She intends to vote for her 17% of voters.
In third place is the candidate of the “Republicans” party, Valérie Pécrès, she claims 16% of the vote. Fourth place in the first round, according to an Ipsos forecast, will go to extreme right-wing politician Eric Zemmur.
Jean-Luc Mélanchon, the leader of the “Defiant France” party, can count on 9% of the votes, according to the research. The candidate of the party “Europe. Ecology – The Greens’ Yannick Jadot. The others garnered less than 5% of the respondents’ sympathies.
The second round, in any case, remains for Macron, according to sociologists.
In the survey, conducted from 5 to 6 January, 1.5 thousand adult French people took part.
Earlier, on January 5, the French president expressed his desire to run for president again. According to him, at the moment the situation with the pandemic coronavirus is the priority issue for him as the president of France, so officially he has not yet put forward his candidacy for a second term.
Election of the president of the Fifth Republic will be held in the spring of 2022: the first round is scheduled for April 10, the second – on the 24th.