French Presidential Elections: Emmanuel Macron Gathered the Older Voters in the Second Round

French Presidential Elections: Emmanuel Macron Gathered the Older Voters in the Second Round

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The En Marche candidate has won the second round of the 2017 French Presidential Election way ahead of Marine Le Pen: 66.1%. This victory is due in large part to a majority of seniors who voted for him, while they had voted for the « conservative » Les Républicains candidate in the first round.

Overall, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have attracted all age brackets. But the older the voters, the more they voted for the En Marche candidate.

Voters and abstainers rate by age
Ipsos / Sopra Steria

66% of the 18-24 years olds voted for the young candidate, 34% chose Marine Le Pen and as many abstained. Abstention is very correlated to age: the younger you are, the more you abstain. This high rate of abstention among younger voters is partly explained by the poor engagement of 24 % of the France Insoumise followers (who were a lot in this age bracket). Among the 70+, reports show only 18% abstention.

The 35-49 year olds were more evenly distributed: 57% voted Emmanuel Macron and 43% voted Marine Le Pen. There are many non-voters in this age bracket with a rate of 27%.

Retirees Also Preferred the En Marche Candidate

It is among Managers (82%) and retirees (74%) that Emmanuel Macron gathered the most votes. If he obtained such a high rate among retirees, it is thanks to the vote transfer from François Fillon. 36% of retirees had given their votes to the Les Républicains candidate in the first round.

Voters and abstainers socioprofessionnal class
Ipsos / Sopra Steria

Marine Le Pen, for her part, gathered more voters than Emmanuel Macron among blue collars. The rates are balanced for white collars and unemployed, even if these two social professional categories largely voted for Emmanuel Macron.

Sourcehttp://www.ipsos.fr/decrypter-societe/2017-05-07-2nd-tour-presidentielle-2017-sociologie-electorats-et-profil-abstentionnistes