BFMTV SURVEY – For 47% of French people, the government is not taking enough precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19


An Elabe poll for BFMTV, published on Wednesday, reveals that the confidence of the French in the government to fight the virus is tending to decline.

The French remain concerned about the resurgence of the coronavirus in France. They are 2 in 3 (68%) to be worried about the spread of Covid-19 in the territory, according to an Elabe poll for BFMTV published on Wednesday, a level of concern however that has fallen slightly since the start of the school year (-6 points).


Confidence in the executive declining

The poll also shows that nearly one in two French people (47%) believe that the government is not taking enough precautions to limit the spread of the virus. 33% of those questioned believe that the executive takes sufficient precautions, while 20% consider that the authorities are doing too much.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Jean Castex did not announce any drastic restrictions, while the Scientific Council had suggested that the government should “take difficult measures” in the face of the exponential spread of the epidemic.


Still in the minority in opinion this week, confidence in the executive in the management of the health crisis is declining. The French are now only 38% to say they trust Emmanuel Macron and the government of Jean Castex to face the epidemic, a figure down 5 points compared to last week. Conversely, 62% of French people express their skepticism, a figure up 6 points.


The French not ready for a generalized reconfinement

To limit the resumption of the virus on the territory, the French say they are ready to make a number of concessions, but they are not ready to relive a period of generalized containment. According to the survey, 84% of those questioned are ready to remake telework, 68% are in favor of the implementation of local reconfinement in the most affected cities.

A little over 6 in 10 French people are in favor of closing bars and restaurants at 11 p.m. (62%) or a ban on private gatherings of more than 10 people indoors (61%).

However, only 35% of respondents say they are ready to accept a new ban on travel more than 100km from home, only 31% of French people say they are in favor of closing bars and restaurants, and only 26% plan to relive a possible closure of parks and gardens. As for the possibility of a general reconfinement, they are only 24% to say they are ready to relive such an experience.

Decisions to be taken at the local level

For 6 in 10 French people, measures to combat Covid must be taken at the local level, in order to adopt the rules according to the level of spread of the epidemic in the territory. Opposite, 37% of French respondents believe that the same rules should be applied everywhere.


Monday, preventive measures have been stepped up in Gironde and Bouches-du-Rhône, with a lowering of the gauge to 1000 people for public events, or even the restriction of visits to nursing homes.

The two departments, and in particular Bordeaux and Marseille, had been put forward Friday by Prime Minister Jean Castex in a speech, during which he had summoned the prefects concerned to propose new measures.

Survey conducted by the Elabe Institute for BFMTV using the quota method, on a representative sample of the French population of 1000 people. It was carried out via the Internet on September 15, 2020.

Jeanne Bulant BFMTV reporter

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