2 France Figure 11 Responses by survey respondents when asked to assess statements on political leadership (‘Which statement best reflects your own opinion?’) ‘The best leaders have strong principles and they apply them without worrying about what others think, even if that means losing support’ ‘The best leaders listen to others and try to gain the support of the greatest number, even if it means making some compromises’ ‘Neither’ ‘I don’t know’ The 2017 national elections, a choice by default? For 1 in 2 French people, the 2017 presidential election will be mainly a choice by default. Nearly half (49 per cent) of those surveyed think that the vote will be principally a negative vote – choosing the candidate that voters think is best placed to prevent the election of a candidate who would be dangerous for France (figure 12). In comparison, just 1 in 4 French people (24 per cent) think that voters will cast their vote as part of a ‘positive’ process, choosing the candidate who proposes the best policies for the country. These results highlight a certain dissatisfaction with the politics on offer in the 2017 elections, since a majority of French people believe that the country will vote mainly in a ‘tactical’ way, and so ‘against’ candidates rather than ‘for’ particular individuals.
153 Figure 12 Responses by survey respondents to a question on the 2017 election and the ‘tactical vote’ (‘As regards the upcoming presidential elections in 2017, do you think that the voters’ choice will be mainly…?’) ‘A positive choice – choosing the candidate who, in their opinion, proposes the best policies and will best lead France’ ‘A negative choice – choosing the candidate that they think is best placed to prevent the election of a candidate who would be dangerous for France’ ‘I am not sure’ Figure 13 Responses by survey respondents to the question ‘In your opinion, how likely is it that the following things will occur in France? The coming to power of a fascist or extreme-right political party in the next ten years’ Very probable Not probable Not at all probable Not very probable I don't know 100 80 Percentage (opinion) 60 40 20 0 ‘Probable’ ‘Not probable’ ‘I don’t know’