Monday, January 29, 2007

Royal ignores changing polls

According to Socialist candidate Segolene Royal, who just returned to France after campaigning in the Caribbean, she doesn't look at polls.

"I do not look at the surveys. They move much. It is necessary to hold the distance, the stages and the rhythm of a campaign. I do not want to know 2002 again. (...) I work peacefully.

At the proper time, there will be the fruit of of labor, mine and also that of the French who come to the participative debates. It is not easy to see that the politics changes. But it is essential. There is a democratic crisis, people do not believe in anything anymore. An anger goes up."

But while Royal is resting on her laurels, polls continue to show her slightly below UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy (51% to 49%). Worse yet, the UDF's Francois Bayrou is beginning to gain some momentum, rising up to 14% in the first round in a recent poll. While still 15% behind Royal's first showing, Le Pen's sudden upset in the 2002 election proved once again, "It ain't over till it's over."

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