PARIS, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- After five months in office, French President Francois Hollande's approval ratings were hit by a fresh decline in October, according to a survey, in a sign mirroring increasing French impatience and discontent with the Socialist leader's perceived inability to fulfill promises of better growth and more jobs.
An OpinionWay poll for the daily Le Metro showed Hollande had an approval rating of 42 percent, down 4 percentage points from a month earlier. The poll added during the same period in 2007, former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy enjoyed an approval rating of 63 percent.
In a separate survey by Harris Interactive released on Monday by Marianne magazine, 49 percent of respondents said they preferred Sarkozy to govern Europe's second-largest economy while Hollande got 46 percent of the vote.
Having won a May election with 51.6 percent of the vote, Hollande promised an economic recovery by 2014 and set himself a year-end deadline to reform the labor market and bring more jobs to millions of job-seekers.
Revealing his first budget -- seen as the most austere in three decades -- Hollande said he needded to find 37 billion euros (47.93 billion U.S. dollars) in savings in 2013 to meet a deficit target of 3 percent of GDP next year and regain investor confidence.