According to an Ipsos / Sopra Steria poll, most people aged 70 and over, and retirees, voted for the Les Républicains (LR) candidate in the first round of the presidential elections. Even though elections are driven by the seniors, these votes were not enough to qualify François Fillon for the second round.
Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, who qualified for the second round of the presidential elections, have gathered voters from all age brackets. The LR candidate did not transcend the younger ones: only 9% of the 18-24 years old voted for him on 23rd April, against 45% of the 70+. Conversely, Jean-Luc Mélenchon attracted the younger voters (30%), without succeeding in convincing their elders (9%).
This is how the higher the age, the greater the number of François Fillon voters. It is exactly the opposite for Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s voters :
No Major Gap Among Young Seniors
Among younger seniors, the gaps are much narrower. They distributed their votes evenly among the 4 candidates who were leading the polls: Marine Le Pen, François Fillon, Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon. It is the Front National candidate who received the most votes among the 50-59 years old (27%), while the same percentage of 60-69 years old voted for François Fillon:
Close to One Retiree Out of Three Voted for François Fillon
Overall, retirees have been voting for the right wing. 81% have given their vote to a right-wing candidate: Marine Le Pen, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, François Fillon and Emmanuel Macron if we focus on his economic programme.
But the LR candidate is the one who attracted the most votes. 36% of retirees voted for him in the first round, against only 5% of blue collars. In that social professional category, Marine Le Pen took the lead with 37% of the vote, followed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon (24%).
Very Little Abstention Among Seniors
The abstention rate for the first round of the presidential elections was 22%. 16% of the 60-69 years old and 12% of the over 70 did not bother or left the ballot blank. The young voters are the ones who abstained the most: 30% of the under 35s.
In terms of social professional category, retirees are the ones who voted the most: only 13% did not go to the polling stations. 29% of white and blue-collar workers abstained and 25% of salaried workers and job seekers.
Sources : Ipsos / Sopra Steria – First round of the French elections
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