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HAS fourteen weeks of the European elections, the latest “Youth and politics” survey carried out by Ipsos to The Parisian, printed on February 25, highlights younger French folks's perceptions of the political panorama. At a time when a brand new technology of political figures is occupying the sphere, and the youngest Prime Minister of the Ve Republic has simply been named, how do younger folks view the figures of this new political scene?

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According to the survey, the political figures underneath 45 who encourage probably the most confidence for the longer term are Gabriel Attal and Jordan Bardella. But whereas for all French folks Gabriel Attal comes first with 39% (and Bardella second with 31%), once we take a look at French folks aged 18 to 24, it's the alternative. The president of the National Rally conjures up confidence for 35% of the youngest, Gabriel Attal coming in second place with 32%.

But what explains this distinction? For Stewart Chau, director of research at Verian, to know this distinction in reputation, we should take a look at the electoral base of every candidate. “Gabriel Attal's positive image capital rests on the electoral base of the presidential majority, which is a rather elderly electorate,” says Stewart Chau. Concerning Jordan Bardella, the RN deputy advantages from an electoral base which is subsequently primarily based extra on these underneath 25 years outdated. A dynamic that “was already observed during the 2017 presidential elections with a reversal of the youth vote in favor of the National Rally,” he provides.

When radicalism seduces

Among political figures aged underneath 45, Gabriel Attal is within the high three of the most well-liked figures amongst all supporters of political events, apart from La France insoumise. Jordan Bardella, for his half, manages to affix the highest three supporters among the many Republicans (at 27%, behind Gabriel Attal and Gérald Darmanin) and the ecologists (at 21%), along with being the most well-liked political determine 75% by supporters of his occasion.

If Jordan Bardella manages to enchantment to sure environmentalists immediately, it’s “certainly because he embodies a form of radicalism”, explains Stewart Chau. “He has an ability to assume a frank posture and encourages a certain number of voters to appreciate him through this incarnation”, in brief, “a young environmentalist today trusting Jordan Bardella is an environmentalist disappointed by a government not radical enough on environmental issues,” he explains. However, Stewart Chau factors out that there’s “a difference between adhering to the image of a political figure and actually voting for them”.

Perception of the longer term: optimistic youth?

To the query “Do you have the feeling that the current political leaders of the majority and the opposition are preparing your future?” “, all French folks turned out to be far more pessimistic than 18-24 yr olds. For 78% of French folks, political leaders are getting ready “poorly” for the longer term. A decrease quantity for 18-24 yr olds, 63% of whom think about that the longer term is “poorly” ready. “Young people are not in a form of ambient pessimism, which is what differentiates them from their elders,” says Stewart Chau. And this distinction is defined by the truth that “these young people do not remain in a pattern of wait-and-see and fate, they are condemned to believe in a better future,” he provides.