The French don’t believe in Macron’s tax cut

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.

While 59% of France Insoumise sympathizers, 61% of those of the PS, 70% of those of LR and 84% of supporters of the RN consider, on the contrary, that the compulsory deductions are too heavy. However, this rejection of taxes has decreased somewhat since 2015 (71% then considered the tax burden unreasonable).

Source: Odoxa survey for Aviva, BFM Business and Challenges

No tax hike for the richest

It is to respond to this fed up that Emmanuel Macron has decided to reduce income tax. “The best orientation to meet the need for tax justice is not to increase the taxes of such and such but rather to lower the taxes of the maximum of our fellow citizens, in particular of all those who work, first of all. middle classes, “he said at his press conference on April 25. Within the majority, he clearly chose his camp, that of the right-wing macronists carried by the trio Edouard Philippe, Bruno Le Maire and Gérald Darmanin, who made the forcing to respond to “fiscal exasperation”, says the Premier minister. Conversely, those who demanded, within the government, a higher bracket of income tax or an increase in inheritance taxes, have failed. “I am not for symbols. We are not going to change people’s lives by taxing the wealthiest,” explained Bénédicte Peyrol, LREM MP, specialist in taxation.

Source: Odoxa survey for Aviva, BFM Business and Challenges

“It is not only the amount of taxes and their distribution that poses a problem for the French but the use that is made of them”, adds Gaël Sliman. Indeed, according to this survey, the French judge, at 66%, that “in relation to the service offered”, public expenditure is too high. And the feeling is shared both by supporters of France Insoumise (51%), of La République en Marche (69%), of the RN (71%) and of LR (75%).

* Survey carried out on April 25 and 26 (after the intervention of Emmanuel Macron) with a representative sample of 990 French people.