French president Hollande's popularity at new low in Ifop poll

Francois Hollande's approvalrating fell to a new low of 20 percent, the worst for a Frenchpresident since the poll started in 1958, but the conservativeor far-right opposition would do no better if they were incharge, two Ifop polls said.

One Ifop poll, published by Le Journal du Dimanche, showed afall of three points from October when Hollande was shown as themost unpopular French president on record in a BVA poll, with arating of 26 percent. .

In December 1991, socialist president Francois Mitterrandsank to a low of 22 percent, while Hollande's conservativepredecessor Nicolas Sarkozy's popularity hit a low of 28 percentin April 2011 in Ifop polls,

A second Ifop poll, also held in mid-November, showed that amajority in France do not expect the opposition would do abetter job. Only 25 percent of 1,003 people polled said theyexpected the conservative UMP party would do better and only 19percent said the far-right National Front would do better.

Fifty-five percent said the UMP would not do better orworse, 19 percent the UMP would do worse.

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