77% of French say government is ‘failing’ to control immigration

The humanitarian ship the Ocean Viking makes its way into the military base in Toulon, France, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. The Norwegian-flagged vessel, operated by the NGO SOS Méditerranée, had been at sea for nearly three weeks carrying around 230 migrants. Italy had refused to allow the migrants to disembark on Italian territory. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
By Dénes Albert
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The vast majority of French people, 77 percent, say that the government “has failed” to control immigration in the country, according to an exclusive poll by the CSA institute for CNews published on Wednesday.

Respondents were asked the following question: “Would you say that the government succeeds or fails to control immigration in France?” The majority of all age groups selected the second option.

French people between the ages of 50 and 64 are the most likely to say the government has failed to control migration, at 83 percent. However, a similar proportion is seen in 35 to 49-year-olds (79 percent). Those believing the government has failed to control immigration is lower among 25 to 34-year-olds but still extremely high overall, at 70 percent. The youngest age group surveyed, and also the most multicultural, the 18 to 24-year-olds, saw 66 percent of respondents say the government is “failing” to control immigration.

Another finding of this study is that regardless of the political affiliation of the people surveyed, the judgment that the government is failing to control immigration is shared by both the right and the left of the political spectrum, although to varying degrees.

On the right, 100 percent of Reconquest supporters believe that the government is “failing” to control immigration. This result is followed by National Rally voters (94 percent) and Republican voters (92 percent).

On the left, this consideration is also widely shared, although in lesser proportions — 71 percent of France Insoumise supporters think that the government is not managing to control immigration, while 63 percent of those polled who are close to Europe Écologie-Les Verts (EELV) are of the same opinion.

It should be noted that the result is more mixed among socialists, of whom “only” 59 percent to believe that the government “has failed” in its control of immigration.

Nevertheless, across the left-wing parties, every single group polled showed a majority of respondents saying they believe that the government is failing to control immigration.

These results represent a major opening for the anti-immigration parties in France, and mirror previous surveys, which show the majority of the French believe France should restrict immigration, that immigration does not benefit the country, and that the Great Replacement is not only happening but serves as a grave matter of concern for the French public.

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