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Poll: French Socialist presidential hopeful barely edges out conservative Sarkozy

Poll: French Socialist presidential hopeful barely edges out conservative Sarkozy

An opinion poll released Thursday says France's leading Socialist presidential hopeful, Segolene Royal, barely edged out her would-be conservative rival for the presidency, Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, though both politicians' popularity ratings fell in September.
Royal, one of three candidates for the Socialist nomination for France's 2007 presidential elections, garnered a 52 percent rating compared to Sarkozy's 50 percent.
Royal's approval rating fell 7 percent from last month, while Sarkozy's fell 3 percent, according to the survey conducted by the TNS Sofres agency for Le Figaro Magazine.
France's Socialists are to choose their presidential candidate in a party primary in November.
President Jacques Chirac, who has yet to announced whether he intends to seek a third term, lost 1 percentage point to garner a 24 percent approval rating.
More than 41 percent of respondents identified unemployment as the most important electoral issue, followed by the fight against crime, with just 23 percent.
The poll of 1,000 people was conducted in face to face interviews on Sept. 27 and 29. No margin of error was given.


Updated : 2021-05-19 02:46 GMT+08:00