Public opinion on the 'yellow vests' movement in France 2018-2019

This statistic shows the breakdown of public opinion on the "Gilets jaunes" movement in France in successive survey phases in November and December 2018 and in January, February, March and April 2019. The survey reveals that the percentage of respondents declaring they supported the movement decreased from 51 percent on November 6th to 25 percent on March 2019.

The Yellow vests movement (called "Gilets jaunes" in French) is a protest movement which began with a petition posted on the social networks regarding rising fuel prices. Their first action took place on Saturday, 17 November 2018, with "yellow vests" blocking roads and creating traffic jams across the country. Since then the movement has shown great motivation and the dispute is now expanding to other issues regarding the purchasing power of the middle class, frustration with the high cost of living and the perception that the French government was passing a important amount of the austerity bill and ecology bill on the working and middle classes. The protests, which occurred since mid-November every Saturday, had raised tensions and turned violent especially in Paris.

Most protesters are living in rural and peri-urbans areas. They are impacted by the rise of Diesel prices which have increased by 16 percent in 2018. The movement is not related to any political party or trade union but is supported by French public opinion.

Breakdown of public opinion on the 'yellow vests' movement in France from November 2018 to March 2019

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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

April 23-24, 2019

Number of respondents

1,000 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Vous savez que le mouvement des gilets jaunes se poursuit. Quelle est votre attitude à l’égard de ce mouvement ?"

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