French and American Opinion on U.S. President Trump’s Visit to Paris for Bastille Day

Latest Ipsos poll compares US and French opinions on Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Paris.

French and American Opinion on U.S. President Trump’s Visit to Paris for Bastille Day

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  • Nicolas Boyon Senior Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
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Washington, DC —  Donald Trump scores low in favorability among the French ahead of his Bastille Day visit to Paris according to the latest Ipsos poll. Only 6% of French respondents feel favorably towards Trump, distantly following the 38% of Americans that favor the president. Americans and French attitudes towards current French President Emmanuel Macron are much more in line, 44% and 43% respectively are favorable. Only 41% of Americans are aware of President Trump’s upcoming visit to Paris, where U.S. and French troops will march in the Bastille Day military parade commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I.  Overwhelmingly, Americans view this combined effort positively (84%), with nearly eight in ten Americans believing Macron did the right thing by inviting Donald Trump (77%).

In addition to polling on Donald Trump’s visit celebrating the United States part of World War I, we explored American approval of U.S. military intervention. Few believe U.S. intervention during the Vietnam War (28%) and Iraq War (36%) were good things, while an overwhelming majority support the US part of World War II (74%). Republicans are predominantly more supportive of military action, significantly more so than Democrats. The gap between Democratic and Republican support is most significant on the Iraq War, where only a quarter of Democrats (25%) thought it was a good thing versus 62% of Republicans.

About the Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted July 6-7, 2017 in the United States and July 7-10 in France. For the U.S. survey, a sample of 1,013 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. The sample includes 365  self-identified Democrats, 338 Republicans, and 215 Independents. For the French survey, a sample of roughly 1,079 adults age 18+ residing in Metropolitan France were interviewed online in French.

The samples for this study were randomly drawn from Ipsos’s online panel (see link below for more info on “Access Panels and Recruitment”), partner online panel sources, and “river” sampling (see link below for more info on the Ipsos “Ampario Overview” sample method) and does not rely on a population frame in the traditional sense. Ipsos uses fixed sample targets, unique to each study, in drawing sample. After a sample has been obtained from the Ipsos panel, Ipsos calibrates respondent characteristics to be representative of the target population using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is U.S. Census 2013 American Community Survey data and French census data from INSEE. The sample drawn for this study reflects fixed sample targets on demographics. Post-hoc weights were made to the population characteristics gender, age, and region in both France and the U.S., as well as  professional status in the France, and race, ethnicity and level of education in the U.S.

Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval.

In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all U.S. respondents and plus or minus 3.4 percentage points for all French respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect for the U.S. of n=1,013, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=5; and for France of =1,079, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=4.9.

The U.S. poll also has a credibility interval plus or minus 5.8 percentage points for Democrats, plus or minus 6.1 percentage points for Republicans, and plus or minus 7.6 percentage points for Independents. 

For more information on this news release please contact:

Nicolas Boyon
Senior Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson
Vice President
Ipsos Public Affairs

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The author(s)

  • Nicolas Boyon Senior Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs

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