By comparing the scores of the 2021 regional winners to the number of voters registered on the electoral rolls, most of the performances of the re-elected presidents appear much less impressive. Blame it on a record abstention.
The scores of several of the presidents re-elected in the 2021 regional ones seem impressive at first glance: on the evening of June 27, after counting, Xavier Bertrand obtained 52% of the votes in Hauts-de-France, Valérie Pécresse 47% in Ile-de -France, Laurent Wauquiez 55% in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Carole Delga 57% in Occitanie.
Victories “hands down”, as written for example by France Info. From the point of view of electoral arithmetic, certainly, but these regional elections had a guest that forces us to qualify the scale of these successes: abstention, which reached a record level. 65.7% of voters shunned the ballot box according to the Ipsos institute.
Thus, the percentage of votes obtained by the various winners of these elections, not in relation to the number of total ballots cast, but according to the number of registered voters, is undoubtedly more revealing. A score in absolute terms, available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, which considerably modifies the reading of the results at the end of the regional elections.
In mainland France, it is in Corsica that the regional president was best – or least badly – chosen, Gilles Simeoni receiving 23.2% of the vote in absolute percentage.
Socialist Carole Delga follows, with 20.9% of the votes of all voters in Occitania in her favor. In third position, the LR Renaud Muselier en Paca obtained 19.7% of the votes of the total number of registered voters in the region (against 57.3% of the votes in relation to the ballots cast).
In Reunion, the only French region to switch, the various left Huguette Bello beat the outgoing Didier Robert with 22.8% of those registered.
The most “badly elected” outgoing president of Brittany
The three right-wing regional presidents who want to rely on these ballots to establish their candidacy for the 2022 presidential election will have to put the scope of their performance into perspective. Xavier Bertrand was actually chosen by only 16.8% of voters in Hauts-de-France and Valérie Pécresse by 14.9% of those registered in the Ile-de-France region. Laurent Wauquiez is doing the least badly, with 17.8% of the votes for his candidacy. Behind Renaud Muselier, the former president of the LR party is the right-wing figure who achieves the best score.
Finally, the prize for the president who should celebrate his re-election the least, given the abstention, goes to the socialist Loïg Chesnais-Girard, in Brittany, with 10.5% of the votes. In his defense, the former mayor of Liffré was dealing with a quinquangular in the second round. Faced with three other candidates, LR Jean Rottner is the second worst elected, renewing his mandate in the Grand Est with only 11.6% of those registered in the region who voted for his list.