French Socialists would batter Sarkozy in election: poll

25th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn would beat Nicolas Sarkozy in a French presidential election by a wide margin of 59 to 41 percent, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Under France's run-off system, Sarkozy would scrape through the first round and lose to Strauss-Kahn in the second if the latter, the secretary general of the International Monetary Fund, ran as a candidate for the Socialist party.

Strauss-Kahn is a former French finance minister and a prominent member of the Socialists, France's main opposition party, but has spent three years out of the political spotlight as head of the Washington-based global lender.

The TNS-Sofres Logica poll also showed that the leader of the Socialists Martine Aubry would beat the right-wing Sarkozy 53 to 47 percent in a second-round vote if she were the party's presidential candidate.

Sarkozy's personal approval ratings are at an all-time low, hovering above 30 percent in recent months as he and the government have been hit by financial scandals and economic uncertainty.

The latest election projection came from a survey by pollster TNS-Sofres Logica for Thursday's edition of the left-leaning news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur. It surveyed a sample of 1,000 voters on August 20 and 21.

© 2010 AFP

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