French Socialist candidate Francois Hollande would defeat President Nicolas Sarkozy in both rounds of the presidential elections, a fourth opinion poll in less than a week showed.
Hollande would win the first round of balloting on April 22 with 27.5 percent of the vote against Sarkozy’s 27 percent, Ifop institute showed in its daily survey today. Support rose by a half percentage point for Hollande and fell one point for the incumbent, compared with the last survey on April 13, the Paris- based pollster said.
Hollande would defeat Sarkozy 55 percent to 45 percent in the final round of the election due on May 6, said Ifop, which is conducting the survey for Paris Match weekly magazine. The results reflect a trend shown in polls by CSA on April 10, BVA on April 11 and TNS-Sofres on April 13.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, a Communist-backed candidate, would get 14 percent of the vote in the first round, up one percentage point, and National Front candidate Marine Le Pen would garner 16 percent, the same level as on April 13, Ifop said.
French voters will choose from among 10 candidates in the first round. The two front-runners will faceoff in the second.
Ifop interviewed 900 registered voters for today’s survey. No margin of error was given.
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