Sarkozy Narrows Socialist Hollande’s Poll Lead to 8 Points, Poll Indicates

French President Nicolas Sarkozy narrowed challenger Francois Hollande’s lead in opinion polls, according to an Ifop survey in Le Journal du Dimanche today.

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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