A majority in favour of strengthening local power
Deemed successful in their response to the health crisis, 55% of French people would like to see the powers of local authorities strengthened, while 38% believe they should continue to have as much power as they have today. Only 7% would like to see their power reduced. Those aged 65 and over (64%) are most favourable to increasing the powers of local authorities, while those aged 18-24 are slightly less convinced (45%).
The French are split between increasing the state’s powers (43%) and keeping it as it currently is (46%), while 11% are in favour of a reduction. The political divide is clear, with on the one hand, voters of Fillon (53%) and Le Pen (49%), if favour of increasing France's powers, and on the other hand, voters of Macron (55%), Hamon (58%), and Mélenchon (51%), more favourable of maintaining the current situation.
The French are also divided on the European question. While 44% wish for the European Union to continue having as much power as it has today, 38% want a decrease and only 18% are in favour of strengthening the EU.
The socio-economic categories that want the EU's powers reduced are the French aged between 50 and 64 (50%), and those in a tight financial situation (43%). Politically, this view is particularly strong among Le Pen's voters (59%).
Finally, the increase of the EU's powers is most popular among those aged 18 to 24-year old (27%) and Macron's voters (24%).