They don’t believe it. 60% of French people do not trust Emmanuel Macron to lower taxes, according to an Odoxa poll for Aviva, BFM Business and Challenges*, published this Thursday, May 2. While the president announced a reduction of 5 billion euros in income tax on April 25. A mistrust which reached a peak among the voters of Jean-Luc Mélenchon (68%) and those of Marine Le Pen (77%). However, the French believe even less in the ability of the Head of State to improve purchasing power, reduce public spending and fight against inequalities. “Emmanuel Macron arouses great mistrust. The measures announced at his press conference may well be appreciated, the French do not trust him to improve the economic and social situation of the country”, analyzes Gaël Sliman, president of Odoxa.
In a decade, compulsory levies, the highest in Europe, have soared, exceeding the evolution of GDP. In the absence of lower spending – a decision that has a political cost – all governments have preferred to play on the tax tool, which is generally upwards.
A unanimously shared fiscal fed-up
Another major lesson of this survey: the tax fed up is unanimously shared. 63% of French people consider that the amount of taxes and duties is unreasonable. A feeling very present in the middle classes (69% for households earning between 2,500 and 3,499 euros net per month) and higher (64% for those earning more than 3,500 euros net). And only LREM supporters believe, at 61%, that the tax burden is reasonable.