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Abstention: civic strike and useful vote

While abstention in the first round of this presidential election did not reach the feared record of 2002 (29% according to Ifop), it nevertheless stood at a high level of 25%. 11% of registered voters even say they never go to vote. An electoral strike which once again bears witness to a political system that is out of breath. The first reason for this abstention is the unsuitable political offer (43%) and the idea that “these elections will not change anything” (40%). For those who moved, purchasing power largely dominated the concerns (cited by 53% of voters, according to Harris Interactive), followed by health (32%), pensions (32%) and immigration ( 30 %). The motivations for the vote also illustrate the inanity of the current institutional system. The membership vote is in the minority or barely in the majority for the various candidates and particularly the three who came first: 45% for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 56% for Marine Le Pen and 57% for Emmanuel Macron. The useful vote worked in full: 30%, 26% and 23% of the voters of the three candidates. Figures which show that, behind the tripolarization of the presidential vote, encouraged by the voting system, the aspirations of voters remain plural, but also largely unsatisfied.