Sarkozy poll rating dips to all-time low

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy's approval rating has dropped to 26 percent, it lowest level since he took office three years ago, according to a poll released Thursday.

The TNS Sofres Logica survey showed that 71 percent of those polled said they did not have confidence in his leadership.

A total of 26 percent however said they still trusted him, down from 28 percent who expressed the same opinion last month.

Sarkozy's poor showing in the polls has been a major hurdle as he heads into his final two years in office, with potential challengers already angling to join the race in 2012, including IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and former Socialist finance minister took the number one spot in a ranking also released Thursday of "people who should play an important role in the coming months and years ahead."

Strauss-Kahn has not formally said that he will run for the presidency but his name has been cited as a contender in the Socialist primaries to choose a candidate next year.

The results of the TNS Sofres Logica poll were taken from a representative sampling of 1,000 adults aged 18 and up who were questioned at their homes.

© 2010 AFP

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