Published 2 September 2019 in Surveys
There appears to be a considerable gap between citizens’ concern with global inequality and their perception of politicians’ interest in the issue.
We can therefore see a gap of 50% between the levels of concern from French people on global inequality, and their perception of sufficient concern or action by politicians to tackle it. Indeed, answers to this particular question demonstrate the extent to which French people think that politicians:
Both in terms of linear and proportional correlation, concern for inequality in the world increases with the tendency to vote for a left-wing candidate in the first round of the 2017 presidential election, with more similar rates for those voting for future president Emmanuel Macron and for respectively left- and far-left wing candidates Benoît Hamon and Jean Luc Mélenchon, than for those voting for the mainstream right-wing candidate, François Fillon. This alignment of left- and center-voters on development and poverty issues is frequent, in opposition to opinions from right-wing voters.
However, the most skeptical about politicians’ concern for global inequality were those who voted for respectively left- and far-left wing candidates Benoît Hamon (90%) and Jean Luc Mélenchon (86%), compared to those who voted for Emmanuel Macron, 24% of whom were more optimistic - if still a minority - in believing that politicians did, after all, care about global inequality.