Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Socialist challenger Francois Hollande is rated more highly than French President Nicolas Sarkozy on all major policy issues less than three months before presidential elections, a BVA poll showed.
Hollande was rated as “more credible” than Sarkozy to deal with economic growth, public debt, jobs, purchasing power, poverty, taxes, education, crime and immigration, according to the poll published today in newspaper Le Parisien. On crime and immigration, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen was rated the most credible of all.
The only area where Sarkozy came out ahead was in a question about who has the most “stature” of a president. Sarkozy led with 46 percent ahead of 39 percent for Hollande. As to who “has solutions for the problems of the French,” Hollande was chosen by 41 percent and Sarkozy by 23 percent.
Hollande has consistently led Sarkozy in polls before the first round of voting on April 22. The top two candidates from the first round face off in the decisive contest May 6.
The BVA poll of 974 people was carried out Jan. 18-19. No margin of error was given.
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