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The Sarkozy lead in the polls can be overcome on Wednesday's debate and even more important-the media spin on the debate. It would sure help Royal if the polls tightened after the debate to give her some momentum. My feeling is there is more incentive for a greater number of people to come out to vote for Royal as opposed to Sarkozy.
by An American in London on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 10:22:42 AM EST
The good news is that with bad poll numbers, she'll have an advantage. In 2000, the late night shows and popular culture spoofed Bush'd intellience and when he could, as Alexandra Pelosi put it, "string together a sentence" in te debates, the people were impressed and he won the debate-just by being mediocre(everyone expected Gore, the intelligent one, to do better). In the recent Democratic debate, all eyes were on Obama, and when he was mediocre, his stock fell. Clinton, who is believed to be aliented by the party's left wing, got a big boost by simply performing as well as Obama did. I'm a big Obama fan (and even more so a Royal fan) but even I had second thoughts about Hillary by her not-exactly-extrodinary performance. Eyes will be on Nicolas to be the master orator, but Royal is the one to benefit from the debate. Go Sego!
by pelcan on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 02:29:56 PM EST
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I had missed your first comment but I take this opportunity to welcome you on ET.

You're probably right, but too bad polls could demobilise Royal voters. The ideal would be polls showing the gap closing.

BTW, did you notice we have much less polls for the second round?

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Sun Apr 29th, 2007 at 02:49:19 PM EST
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