The Socialist Hollande leads the incumbent in a head-to- head contest by 54 percent to 46 percent, a 4 point swing in Sarkozy’s favor from last month, the poll showed. Sarkozy gained 2 points and Hollande lost 2 points.
In the multi-candidate knockout voting round, Hollande would take 28 percent, up by 1/2 a point, and Sarkozy would win 26 percent, up 2 points. National Front candidate Marine Le Pen would get 19 percent, down one point.
The Ifop survey questioned 1,163 registered voters between Jan. 4 and Jan. 6. No margin of error was provided.
The first voting round will be held April 22 and the decisive contest is set for May 6.
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