It's a drop in the polls that no one wants to see.
However, it does not concern the world of politics.
And this investigation was not carried out after a debate between two prominent personalities for the next presidential election.
The poll carried out on September 22 and 23 by Odoxa for Keneo and RT and which has just been communicated, concerns football supporters.
And its results are not brilliant.
35% of French people have a good opinion of supporters
Out of the sample of 1,005 people representative of the French population aged 18 and over, including 406 football fans, only 35% have a good opinion of football supporters, ie 10 points less in 6 months.
Among football fans, the figure is more positive (57%), but nevertheless drops by 12 points.
A result that contrasts with another poll from last February: at that time 65% of people questioned wanted supporters to return to the stands while contamination remained high and the vaccination campaign had barely started.
These new declining figures can be explained in an alarming context.
Several recent meetings (Nice-OM, Lens-Lille, Angers-OM, Montpellier-Bordeaux) have been punctuated by turf invasions, clashes between supporters or against opposing players.
More than half (53%) of those questioned consider that they are not safe in a stadium (65% with children).
Harsh words against the supporters
The supporters are also described as "idiots" (57%, + 8), and even "dangerous" (55%, + 4).
They are however perceived as “happy” (68%), essential to the spectacle (63%), and warm (55%), figures down from 7 to 9 points.
This Friday, RC Lens took heavy sanctions (from 9 to 36 months of stadium ban, half of which suspended) against 17 of its supporters after the incidents against Losc.
A trifle compared to the poll revealed today, where a very large majority (85%) want the stadium ban for life for faulty supporters in general.
Among football fans, it even goes to 89%!
Regarding the ban on Ultras groups, the figures are almost identical (82 and 80%).
The French who expressed themselves in this study are a little more lenient towards the clubs, which they consider less at fault.
Thus, if the matches behind closed doors (like the next one in Nice) are preferred (69 and 70%), sports sanctions (matches lost, points withdrawn…) less popular (58 and 54%).
Finally, the measure that seems most suited to the situation, that is to say the ban on traveling outside for opposing supporters, is far from unanimous: only 62% of the whole of those questioned (58% among football fans) are in favor.