PARIS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande's approval ratings were hit by a fresh decline in September after witnessing slight improvement over the past three months, a monthly poll showed on Sunday.
An ifop poll for the weekly Journal de Dimanche (JDD) showed that the Socialist leader garnered less than a quarter of satisfied votes to 23 percent, down by 5 points recorded a month earlier.
In the poll, 76 percent of the respondents expressed their discontent, as they disapproved Hollande's new tax levels and his action over the Syrian crisis, the survey said.
According to the fresh poll rating, Hollande hit his previous record low of 25 percent in April and close to 22 percent, the country's lowest ever popularity of almost all former presidents reported in 1991 by the Socialist head of state Francois Mitterand, in a sign that mirrored French impatience and discontent with the Socialist's inability to fulfill promises to promote the ailing economy and to return to full employment.
Plagued by unemployment that has risen to 10.5 percent, limp growth and pressure to reduce France's public gap, Hollande asked the French people to judge him on his long-term bid to address the country's economic and financial problems.