DSK gaining on rival Royal in polls after debates

26th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 27, 2006 (AFP) - Support for Ségolène Royal, the frontrunner to carry the opposition Socialist banner in France's presidential election, has plunged among party sympathisers in the space of a week, a poll showed Friday.

PARIS, Oct 27, 2006 (AFP) - Support for Ségolène Royal, the frontrunner to carry the opposition Socialist banner in France's presidential election, has plunged among party sympathisers in the space of a week, a poll showed Friday.

Among those questioned by the CSA institute, 57 percent backed Royal's candidacy over her two rivals for the party nomination next month, down from 73 percent a week earlier.

Former economy minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn and former prime minister Laurent Fabius both climbed five points, with the backing, respectively, of 23 and 10 percent of party sympathisers.

Although she remains the popular favourite, Royal's support among the French population at large has also slipped six points to 47 percent, according to the poll carried out Wednesday and Thursday.

Her poll rating looked set to dip further following a stormy off-camera debate in presence of thousands of party members Thursday evening.

Part of the audience booed loudly as Royal defended her call for elected officials to be assessed by "popular juries" — which has drawn scornful comparisons with Communist China and left her faces charges of populism.

Strauss-Kahn, who is running on a Social-Democrat platform, has been chipping away at her lead since a first televised debate last week in which he gave a strong performance.

The party is to choose its candidate in an internal vote by 200,000 party members on November 16.

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Subject: French news

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