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Vaccine solidarity: a springboard for the presidential vote?

Published 4 February 2022

In partnership with University College London (UCL) and the University of Birmingham, Focus 2030 is conducting a research-action program to analyse the perceptions, attitudes, behaviours and feelings of citizens on international solidarity issues in four countries: France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Entitled the Development Engagement Lab (DEL), this project aims to provide development actors (NGOs, foundations, think tanks, ministries, public institutions, international organizations) with data to help them better understand citizens’ expectations and strengthen the impact of their communication, citizen mobilization, research and advocacy actions.

A few months before the presidential elections in France, to be held on April 10 and 24, 2022, we wanted to find out what the French expect in terms of vaccine solidarity as an argument that could guide their voting intentions.

This Focus 2030-DEL survey was conducted by the YouGov Institute from September 24 to October 22, 2021, among a representative sample of the adult population of 6,106 people. Margin of error +/- 2%. For a detailed summary of the methodology more information can be found here.

The commitment of candidates to access to vaccines in poor countries, a springboard for voting in the 2022 presidential elections?

A relative majority of French people consider that candidates should commit to promoting access to vaccines in poor countries.

  • For 41% of French people, a candidate’s commitment to vaccine solidarity with the poorest countries would be an argument in deciding their vote in the presidential election.
  • Only 17% of the respondents do not consider this argument to be a factor in their voting intention
  • It should be noted, however, that 15% did not express an opinion on this question.

We note that among the people who are in favour of a commitment by the candidates to greater vaccine solidarity, the responses diverge according to the respondents’ political orientation. Thus, this interest is more pronounced among "center" supporters (+15 percentage points) and "left" supporters (+14 points), in contrast with the answers obtained from "right" supporters (-4 points). At the same time, we observe that French people over the age of 55 are particularly sensitive to the sharing of vaccines on a global scale.

This data is from our survey conducted by the YouGov Institute and led by the University College London and University of Birmingham research team as part of the Development Engagement Lab project. Information and methodology available here.