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Lenert most popular, Clement enters top ten in approval rating



Health minister Paulette Lenert, pictured during a March press conference, maintained her top position in the Politmonitor approval ranking SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Health minister Paulette Lenert, pictured during a March press conference, maintained her top position in the Politmonitor approval ranking SIP / Jean-Christophe Verhaegen

Health minister Paulette Lenert was Luxembourg’s most popular politician in a survey published on Thursday evening, but opposition lawmaker Sven Clement delivered the biggest climb in the ranking. 

The Politmonitor is a twice annual survey of Luxembourg voters commissioned by the Luxemburger Wort and RTL. It asks a representative group of voters about their top concerns, how they rate the government’s work and the competence and popularity of politicians.

Lenert (LSAP) topped the ranking on both accounts, receiving top scores on likeability (89%) and competence (90%). Foreign minister Jean Asselborn (LSAP) came second overall (81% likeability and 80% competence). Prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) ranked third (80% and 79%).

Finance minister Pierre Gramegna (DP) meanwhile proved that likeability and skills don’t always have to go hand in hand, as 70% judged him good at his job but only half of respondents found him likeable. This score earned him joint fourth place overall with agriculture and social security minister Romain Schneider (LSAP).

Claude Wiseler, who was elected the new president of the CSV in April, was the party’s only politician in the top ten, with a combined approval score of 57%.

He was closely followed by the Pirate Party's Sven Clement (56%) who made a significant 11-point jump compared to the last survey in November 2020. Clement had campaigned for more government transparency, for example in how it manages agreements with private companies like Google. He also spearheaded an effort to investigate whether vaccine queue jumpers broke the law.

The survey’s biggest loser was family minister Corinne Cahen (DP), who lost 11 points in the ranking. This came after a spate of deaths in Luxembourg care homes during the pandemic which has prompted an independent review into safety measures taken. Opposition members had called for Cahen to step down. A formal parliamentary inquiry failed to find backing from the government parties.

Coalition partner déi Gréng failed to leave their mark in the survey. Only justice and culture minister Sam Tanson made it into the top ten, with a combined approval rating of 49%. Deputy PM François Bausch also failed to convince (47%), as did housing minister Henri Kox (37%), environment minister Carole Dieschbourg (36%) and energy minister Claude Turmes (32%).