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Poll: Conservative Sarkozy's presidential campaign better-run; Socialist rival closer to voters

Poll: Conservative Sarkozy's presidential campaign better-run; Socialist rival closer to voters

An opinion poll released Sunday says conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy is running a better campaign for the French presidency, though his opposition Socialist rival, Segolene Royal, is closer to voters' worries.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents to the poll, published in Le Parisien daily, said governing UMP party candidate Sarkozy is running a more solid campaign than Royal, who garnered 25 percent. Sarkozy is also seen as the more innovative candidate, with 39 percent of respondents saying he has brought the most ideas to the table; Royal was backed by 33 percent.
Still, the poll showed that Royal, a regional lawmaker who is bidding to become France's first woman president, is seen better understanding voters' worries than Sarkozy, France's Interior Minister. Forty percent of respondents said she was closer to their worries, compared with 38 percent for Sarkozy.
The poll of 1,004 people was conducted by telephone on Jan. 24 by the CSA polling agency. No margin of error was given, but in a poll of that size it would normally be around three percentage points.
French voters head to the polls in April and May for the two-round presidential elections.


Updated : 2021-04-19 09:06 GMT+08:00