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The state of mind of the French, studied each year by Cevipof, deteriorated last year. Distrust of Covid-19 vaccines remains strong. And politics inspires distrust and disgust.
The Center for the Study of Political Life (Cevipof) at Sciences-Po carries out an annual survey on citizens' confidence in political action. The latest barometer, published Monday February 22, strongly bears the mark of the Covid-19 pandemic: the French appear tired by the current situation, suspicious of the vaccination campaign, and more negative about action and the role of policies.
The state of mind of the French characterized by lassitude and gloom
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To the question: "Among the following qualifiers, which are those which best characterize your current state of mind?", Lassitude returns in 41% of case. This qualifier only came back in 10% of cases in February 2020, before confinement, and in 28% of cases in April 2020, in full confinement.
Next come gloom (34% of cases, up 12 points compared to February 2020) and mistrust (28% of cases, down 2 points compared to February 2020). On the positive side, serenity and confidence both returned in 15% of cases, down 6 and 3 points respectively from last year. The largest drop in one year concerns well-being, which returns in 11% of cases, down 9 points compared to February 2020.
The "serene" Germans and the British
For comparison, at the same question, the Italians felt the same as the French (40% expressed weariness and 23% serenity). The qualifier that comes up most often in the mouths of Germans and British is serenity (40% and 42% of cases, in both cases down compared to the last wave). Weariness only returns in 15% of cases in Germany, in 31% of cases in the United Kingdom.
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© Ludovic MARIN / AFP The latest Cevipof barometer illustrates the renewed confidence of the French in the action of their elected officials, foremost among them mayors. An improvement in the relationship between rulers and the population, which does not mask a sharp look from those polled on the management of the current crisis by the executive, more than elsewhere in Europe. Containment management, distribution of masks, organization of vaccination ...
Vaccination against Covid-19: 30% of French people refractory
French mistrust is expressed in particular vis-à-vis vaccines against Covid-19: practically a third of the people questioned did not intend to get vaccinated. 49% "plan" to be vaccinated. 19% of French people have not yet made up their minds.
By comparison, 66% of Germans say they intend to be vaccinated. This figure climbs to 76% in Italy and 80% in the UK. At the same time, 58% of French people consider in February 2021 that the government is managing the health crisis poorly, at a stable level compared to April 2020. 56% of Germans consider that their government is managing the health crisis well. This figure is 48% in the UK and 52% in Italy.
77% of French people have a negative view of politics
To the question: "When you think of politics, can you tell me what you feel first?", 77% of French people answer a negative word. The one that comes up most often is mistrust, cited in 39% of cases, up 2 points from February 2020. Next come disgust (23% of cases) and boredom (12% of cases).
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10% of those polled have their first response to interest. They are only 4% to have respect as their first response.
By way of comparison, to the same question, 19% of Germans and Brits answer primarily that they are interested in politics. Only 8% of Germans primarily dislike politics. Distrust is cited in 30% of cases in the United Kingdom, in 24% of cases in Germany.
Survey carried out by Opinionway for Cevipof by internet in France between January 20 and 31 on a sample of 2,105 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over; from 29 January to 11 February on a sample of 1,842 people representative of the UK population aged 18 and over; from January 29 to February 10 on a sample of 1,800 people representative of the German population aged 18 and over; from February 3 to February 8 on a sample of 1,811 people representative of the Italian population aged 18 and over.
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