Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Voters' views narrow, Sarkozy gains

As expected, French voters are narrowing their choice of presidential candidate with less than 100 days until election day. While at the end of November 68% of the French said that they would potentially vote for Socialist candidate Segolene Royal, that number has tumbled to 58%. Sarkozy's potential has narrowed more slightly down from 58% to 56%. Comparing this with 2nd round polls, each candidate will have to use the next few months to win over the roughly 5% of voters who are still on the fence.

In another affirmation of Sarkozy's success this past Sunday, 34% of voters believe that the UMP is most united party behind its candidate. Royal had enjoyed an advantage over Sarkozy in this arena after her sweeping socialist victory in November, but now only 28% say that the PS is most united.

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