Benoît Hamon won the primary by attracting non-socialist voters

Benoît Hamon and the defeated Manual Valls met around 9.45pm Sunday night for a symbolic handshake, and it was over rather quickly.  Barely thirty seconds, just enough time to take a series of shots.

The now winner of the primary of the left now wants to unite his party but also, and more widely, the left. Benoît Hamon obtained 58.71% of the votes. Manuel Valls 41.29%. Participation is also up from last week.

According to a Elabe poll for BFMTV performed Sunday night after the second round, 56% of voters in the primary were clear that the choice to represent left wing values was decisive. An element that gives an indication about the composition of the electoral body that made the choice of Benoît Hamon, Sunday.

As Bernard Sananes, president of the Elabe Institute, explains, the former Minister of Education won because he succeeded in bringing non-socialist voters to him.

Because on the sole vote of the socialist voters, the two candidates almost tie. The gap was widened by the vote of voters rather close to the Left Front and Europe Ecology-The Greens, which chose Benoît Hamon, and allowed him to come clearly ahead.

A dynamic built on the program

In detail, according to the survey, 69% of voters say they voted for the program of the candidate, and 31% for his personality. And when one analyzes precisely the motivations of the vote for Benoît Hamon, 24% of his voters say they chose him because, according to them, he will be the best president of the Republic, when 76% say he better represents the values ​​of the left.

The dynamics of Benoît Hamon was thus constructed in the televised debates, but above all on the program, and on his electoral promise, namely to “transform rather than reform”. His concrete proposals, such as the universal income, allowed Benoît Hamon to win the vote of the active voters (18-50 years), while Manuel Valls is ahead only in retirees.