This BVA opinion survey released 19 days before the first round of the French presidential vote confirms that there will be a tight race, with Socialist challenger François Hollande (28%) running neck-in-neck with incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy (27%).
The poll also shows an increase in support for left-winger Jean-Luc Melenchon (14%), who is edging closer to third place, with far-right leader Marine Le Pen (15%) having lost one point since our March 27 survey.
Centrist leader François Bayrou (11%) is holding steady while Green Party leader Eva Joly (2%) has continued to lose ground.
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Date created : 2012-04-05