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Happy voters give Lenert, Asselborn highest marks

by Yannick LAMBERT 2 min. 17.06.2021
Green Ministers score badly, housing and poverty are main issues
Paulette Lenert, the public face of Luxembourg's fight against the coronavirus, is the country's most popular politician
Paulette Lenert, the public face of Luxembourg's fight against the coronavirus, is the country's most popular politician
Photo credit: Anouk Antony

Health Minister Paulette Lenert and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn are Luxembourg's most popular politicians, according to a twice-yearly survey, as voters gave their government good notes for handling the pandemic.

Only when asked about issues such as the country's ultra-tight housing market, taxes and poverty did respondents give far less rosy views.

Lenert of the social-democratic LSAP, who quickly rose to become the public face of Luxembourg's fight against the pandemic after joining the government only at the beginning of last year, scored an overall approval rating of 89% in the Politmonitor survey, which is carried out amongst 1,127 voters.

She was followed by the outspoken Foreign Minister and party colleague Jean Asselborn, who reached an average of 81% approval on average. 

Prime Minister Bettel of the liberal Democratic Party (DP) achieved a close third rank, scoring a rating of 79%, while his party colleague Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, reached a positive approval rating of 60%.

Yet the ministers for the Green party, which saved the ruling coalition at the 2018 election by winning seats, fared poorly. Interior Minister François Bausch did the best at 47%, but others hit rates in the 30s. Education Minister Claude Meisch of the DP, often criticised for how he oversaw schools during the pandemic, also had a low approval rating of 32%.

A total of 85% said the government was doing a good job handling the Covid-19 crisis and 69% believe that the government is doing a good job in general.

However, when asked about other policy issues, voters were far more critical. Only 19% believe that the government is doing a good job on housing, which was seen as the most pressing issue, and the same low score was given for reducing poverty in the country.

A vast majority of around 70% found that both the state and local government should participate more actively in housing construction. Every second person is in favour of higher taxation of empty plots and 40% believe that building companies should be forced to construct more densely and higher.

And 70% of respondents said the government had not done enough to make taxes fairer, particularly for singles, with a reform of the system delayed by the government until after the next elections

Polling company TNS conducted the survey between 31 May and 9 June on behalf of the Luxemburger Wort and broadcaster RTL.


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