64% of French Against Non-European Immigration
Denes Albert, Remix, April 17, 2023
When asked “if we should stop non-European immigration to France,” more than six out of 10 French people (64%) answer “yes,” according to a poll for CNEWS by Consumer Science & Analytics (CSA) published on Wednesday, April 12.
According to the same survey, 36% of respondents answered “no,” thus opposing this idea.
The latest poll generally aligns with previous polls on the topic of immigration in France, which show the French are overwhelmingly opposed to mass immigration. However, this poll also shows that women are slightly more in favor of the idea of stopping non-European migration flows than men (61 percent), a finding that generally contrasts with polls from other countries like the United States, Germany, Sweden and Finland. In general, polling finds that women are generally more open to the idea of mass immigration in Western countries.
The poll also contains novel results regarding the age distribution of those rejecting mass immigration. The demographic answering “yes” at the highest rates is the 50-64 age group (68 percent), followed by the 25-34-year-olds (66 percent). Anti-immigration sentiment, therefore, is more evenly distributed among French society’s generations compared to Anglo countries like the U.S. and Britain, where the younger generation is far more accepting of open borders and lax immigration policy than the older generations.
Considering the sociological profile of the respondents, the least favored socio-professional categories are the most firm (71 percent) about stopping non-European immigration on French soil.
Then come the employed or those not working (62 percent) who answer “yes” to stopping this form of immigration, and finally, the upper socio-professional categories, with nearly six out of 10 French people (59 percent) here answering “yes.”
A very pronounced left-right divide
Unsurprisingly, the political divide on the issue is reflected in the results of this CSA poll for CNEWS.
In fact, 94 percent of those polled who said they were on the right were in favor of stopping non-European migration to France. As previous polls have shown in France, a majority of the left is also opposed, with 63 percent in the CSA poll saying “yes.”
However, a majority (70 percent) of the far-left France Insoumise party answered “no” to the question, signaling their support for non-European immigration. On the other hand, respondents close to the National Rally are almost unanimous, with 99 percent saying they would say “yes” to stopping such immigration.
Opinions are more balanced in the center. Those close to the Renaissance (56%), however, were more in favor of stopping it.