Royal still trailing in the polls

14th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP) - French Socialist candidate Segolene Royal is still trailing behind rightwing rival Nicolas Sarkozy in the race for the presidency, according to two polls taken after she presented her election platform.

PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP) - French Socialist candidate Segolene Royal is still trailing behind rightwing rival Nicolas Sarkozy in the race for the presidency, according to two polls taken after she presented her election platform.

Royal, who wants to become France's first woman president, would lose in a run-off against Sarkozy with 46 percent of the vote compared to 54 percent, according to an Ifop poll conducted for Paris Match magazine.

A second poll showed Sarkozy holding the lead with 53 percent of votes, compared to 47 percent for the Socialist contender.

But that survey, conducted by Ipsos, showed a small one-point gain for Royal from a previous poll that gave Sarkozy 54 percent of votes and Royal 46 percent.

Royal unveiled a 100-point programme in a speech on Sunday seen as crucial to party hopes that she can inject new momentum in her flagging campaign.

Her rightwing opponents have attacked Royal for unrolling a platform that provides for a new batch of social programmes, but fails to spell out how the state is to pay for them.

After entering the race in a strong position, Royal has lost the edge to Sarkozy, who has been leading in all opinion polls conducted since his nomination as the governing party's candidate on January 14.

The Ifop poll released Monday showed that Sarkozy would get 33.5 percent of votes in the first round of voting in April, up 2.5 points from the previous Ifop survey, on January 25-26.

Royal would get 26 percent in the first round, down from 27.5 percent, according to the poll.

But the Ipsos poll showed Sarkozy losing two points in the first round of voting, garning 34 percent while Royal moves up to 27 percent.

Royal and Sarkozy are expected to move into the run-off vote in May.

Centrist Francois Bayrou of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) is credited with 14 percent of voter intentions, gaining three points, while far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen is seen as garnering between 10 and 13 percent of votes.

The Ifop survey was carried out on February 12 with a representative sample of 879 respondents.  Ipsos interviewed 807 respondents by phone on the same day.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news, Presidential Election, Segolene Royal

0 Comments To This Article