Poll finds Sarkozy 'more convincing' in TV debate

3rd May 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 3, 2007 (AFP) - A first poll published after a crucial televised presidential election debate indicated Thursday that viewers found rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy more convincing than his socialist rival Segolene Royal.

PARIS, May 3, 2007 (AFP) - A first poll published after a crucial televised presidential election debate indicated Thursday that viewers found rightwinger Nicolas Sarkozy more convincing than his socialist rival Segolene Royal.

But Royal's campaign directors challenged the reliability of the Opinion Way poll carried out over the Internet late Wednesday among a sampling of 878 people.

"Who does this poll benefit?" said a statement from Jean-Louis Bianco and Francois Rebsamen, the two campaign directors, who suggested that the poll was biased in favor of Sarkozy.

The campaign directors said they were "outraged by these practices. The Opinion Way institute has already showed several times that it is unreliable," they said.

*sidebar1*The poll showed 53 percent found Sarkozy "more convincing" against 31 percent who thought the same of Royal.

An additional 16 percent said neither of them won them over or declined to respond. 

Sarkozy, who is leading in the polls, sparred with Royal before more than 20 million viewers during the debate held ahead of Sunday's vote.

Royal went on the offensive, challenging Sarkozy on his record as a member of the outgoing government and angrily accusing him of "political immorality."

Both candidates sought to address their weaknesses during the debate: Royal had to dispel doubts about her presidential stature while Sarkozy faces concerns over his hyper-active personality.


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Subject: French news

 

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