“Well-Being and the Vote” quoted in the Financial Times (April 21, 2017)
Low levels of well-being and pessimism are best predictors of a vote for National Front.
According to this research, traditional social and economic variables are insufficient to understand 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 pessimism. The pessimistic and dissatisfied France supports the Front National, and the optimistic and satisfied class supports Macron.