Le Figaro Bordeaux
This is a small mid-term consecration. Three years after the arrival of the ecologist Pierre Hurmic at the Palais Rohan, 59% of Bordeaux respondents say they are satisfied with their mayor, according to an Ifop poll for La Tribune and Public Senate * published on Thursday. "It's very encouraging for the future," says his entourage. Despite some black spots, most indicators are green. The mayor is perceived as honest (by 74% of respondents), competent (66%) and as someone who defends the interests of the city (65%).
The satisfaction of Bordeaux residents for their mayor is ahead of that of the ex-PS mayor of Marseille (53%), the ecologist mayor of Lyon (48%) and the socialist mayor of Paris (32%). In addition, despite the difficulties encountered (high property prices, traffic jams and works), the satisfaction of living in Bordeaux amounts to 89% in 2023, compared to only 78% in Marseille and 77% in Paris. Although 43% of respondents believe that the Gironde city has changed "rather badly" in three years (against 35% "rather good" and 21% without opinion), this degradation of the image of the city is not explicitly blamed on the team in place, because 68% of residents say they are satisfied with the work done by their municipality (against 59% in Paris and 53% in Marseille).
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Going "faster and further" in the face of climate change
At the heart of the ecologists' policy is the greening of public space, in a city that is still too mineral and therefore extremely affected by climate change. In this regard, 82% of Bordeaux residents surveyed say they are rather satisfied with parks, gardens, green spaces and greening. They are also very numerous to welcome cultural activities and animations (82%) and sports activities (79%). Finally, for 72% of them, the work carried out since 2020 in favor of the attractiveness of the city is satisfactory.
As for the spearhead of the action of ecologists, the fight against climate change, a smaller majority (54%) is satisfied with the actions carried out since 2020. Knowing that it is eagerly awaited on this subject, the majority wants to go "faster and further", arguing that elected officials are themselves "the most impatient in this regard".
Despite these green lights, traffic remains a problem for Bordeaux, with 65% of them saying they are rather unhappy with the work accomplished since 2020, Bordeaux being regularly cited as one of the most congested cities in France. To adapt the city to the climate challenge, the municipality is sometimes required to remove parking spaces during redevelopment work, to plant trees. However, the private car is less and less popular in the metropolis. A majority of Bordeaux residents (51%) also say they are dissatisfied with the work carried out for the safety of people and property. Bordeaux is facing, like the whole territory, an increase in delinquency.
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The municipal elections still far from being played
This poll, if it reinforces the image of the mayor of Bordeaux, also gives grain to his main opponent, Nicolas Florian (The Republicans). According to 47% of the inhabitants, he would make a good mayor of Bordeaux, far distancing his potential competitors from the right and the centre (33% for Thomas Cazenave, 28% for Fabien Robert, 27% for Nathalie Delattre). "I am touched to see that there are still 47% of Bordeaux residents who have not forgotten me," says Nicolas Florian. "I am still here, more motivated than ever," says Alain Juppé's successor, who sees in these figures "a source of satisfaction and optimism for the future".
In 2020, Pierre Hurmic's team won the election with only 1346 votes ahead of the union list between Nicolas Florian and Thomas Cazenave, ending 73 years of right-wing rule. Although the image of the municipal majority is quite positive, the municipal elections of 2026 are still far from being played.
*This study was carried out by Ifop with a sample of 701 people, representative of the Bordeaux population aged 18 and over. Interviews were conducted by telephone between September 11 and 18, 2023. The results for Marseille, Paris and Lyon come from similar Ifop surveys conducted between February and June 2023.