Mar 28, 2017

The French voter divide on Islam

Michel Spingler / AP

Ahead of next month's French presidential election, a new Ipsos poll has found that 61% of French voters believe that Islam is incompatible with French society.

  • This isn't a new development. Ipsos found that 74% of French voters held a negative view of Islam in French society in January 2013. That dropped to 53% after January 2015's Charlie Hebdo shooting, but has ticked back up since.
  • There's a clear divide between supporters of the two frontrunners. 57% of those supporting centrist Emmanuel Macron hold a positive view of Islam compared to only 13% of right-wing populist Marine Le Pen's supporters.

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Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

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Why it matters: The far better-than-expected numbers show a surprising improvement in the job market, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Data: U.S. Department of Labor; Note: Initial traditional state claims from the weeks of May 23 and 30, continuing traditional claims from May 23. Initial PUA claims from May 16, 23, and 30, continuing PUA and other programs from May 16; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

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