“Bien-être et Vote” quoted in the Financial Times (April 21, 2017)
Low levels of well-being and pessimism are the best predictors that one will vote for the Front National (National Front party).
An article published in The Financial Times (April 21, 2017) quotes the findings of new research “Bien-être et Vote” (Well-being and the Vote) by Yann Algan and his co-authors from Sciences Po and Cepremap.
According to this research, traditional social and economic variables are insufficient for understanding the rapid increases in support for the far right vote in France.
What is it that links the youth, the middle class, and peri-urban France? The common factor is low levels of well-being and high levels of pessimism. The pessimistic and dissatisfied portion of France supports the Front National, and the optimistic and satisfied portion supports La République En Marche (The Republic on the Move).