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French President Nicolas Sarkozy may have the support of European leaders, but he isn’t as popular with European citizens, a new poll has found.BVA Opinion conducted an online poll for 20 Minutes, a French newspaper in France, Spain, Germany, the UK, and Italy, and found that while Sarkozy was the most well-known of European politicians, he was also the least-liked.
Not a good sign for an incumbent already trailing in the election polls.
Of the 4,217 people surveyed, 93 per cent knew who Sarkozy was, more than the 92 per cent who had heard of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On the flip side, while 58 per cent of respondents viewed Sarko negatively (only 33 per cent had a good opinion), Merkel got the thumbs-up from 50 per cent of those polled (while 41 per cent gave her the thumbs down).
“Sarkozy is the only head of state to be unpopular in each of the questioned countries,” BVA said in an e-mail to Bloomberg. Merkel was the most popular.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron was known to 88 per cent of those questioned (and had a 44 per cent approval rating), followed by the newcomers: Italy’s Mario Monti (74 per cent with 36 per cent approval) and Spain’s Mariano Rajoy (63 per cent with 27 per cent approval).
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