Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sarkozy's popularity increases, although the Socialists leading the polls

PARIS (Reuters) The popularity of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, has increased since the Socialist nominee for president next year, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, resigned as chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a sex scandal . However, the French Socialist Party is leading the polls on voting intentions in the face of these elections.

35 percent of the respondents, four points more than in April measurement, has a "good opinion" of Sarkozy. This is the best score it has achieved since May last year when it won 36 percent. By contrast, 62 percent of respondents have a "dim view" of the president, in line with the trend that his popularity has continued since 2009, when he came to fall below 30 percent.

Meanwhile, 63 percent of the respondents want the next French president is socialist. In this regard, a survey last week pointed out that any of the two possible candidates for this training, François Hollande, Martine Aubry would beat Sarkozy in the election. For its part, the far-right National Front leader, Marine Le Pen would get 23 percent of the vote, six points higher than those indicated in the measurement of December.

To conduct this survey, the consultant BVA interviewed by telephone to 984 French adults between 27 and 28 May.

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