Three months after his huge win the French neoliberal darling has seen his popularity crumble.
It’s no surprise.
But Macron’s victory was never the triumph for centrism that many liberals reflexively took it to be.
Indeed the optimism exuded by many people on the center-left was borderline delusional and that delusion has become all the more apparent as Macron’s popularity has plunged over the summer.
According to the most recent YouGov poll Macron’s approval rating has plummeted in just two months and is now about the same as Donald Trump’s – at 36 percent.
(Trump’s approval rating started out much lower and has declined far more slowly.)
This is the steepest decline for any French president in more than 20 years; by comparison it took six months for his predecessor François Hollande — whose approval rating fell all the way to 4 percent by the end of his term — to slip this low.