Europeans prefer Royal over Sarkozy

16th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, April 16, 2007 (AFP) - More than twice as many Europeans would prefer French socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal become the country's next president compared to her right-wing rival Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a poll published Monday.

LONDON, April 16, 2007 (AFP) - More than twice as many Europeans would prefer French socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal become the country's next president compared to her right-wing rival Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a poll published Monday.

The Harris Interactive survey for the Financial Times business daily showed that 16 percent of respondents in Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain said Royal would be the best president for France, compared to seven percent who backed Sarkozy.

Separately, 23 percent of French respondents backed Sarkozy, while Royal was just behind at 22 percent.

France entered its last week of campaigning for the first round of the presidential election Monday, with Sarkozy the clear leader in the polls but still far from certain of ultimate victory.

The head of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement has come top in 102 out of 104 surveys taken since January, consistently outperforming Royal, the centrist Francois Bayrou and veteran National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Harris Interactive questioned 5,526 adults over the Internet in France, Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain between March 28 and April 12 for the poll.


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