The hardline left-winger was picked out by more than half of French voters – 51 per cent – and is more than 10 percentage points ahead of independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, the current presidential favourite, who was seen as the most convincing Elysée hopeful by some 38 per cent of voters.
Right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s anti-EU Front National party, was named the most convincing by 28 per cent of voters, ahead of right-winger François Fillon, who scored 22 per cent.
Struggling Socialist Benoît Hamon has for his part ‘convinced’ no more than 20 per cent of French voters.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon was picked out by more than half of French voters
Forty-two per cent of those polled added that M Mélenchon, whose recent surge in popularity has propelled him to the forefront of the presidential race, would make a “good president” – up 21 percentage points from last month.
M Macron, however, remains the clear favourite to win the election: 44 per cent of French voters said that the 39-year-old former economy minister would make a good president.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is more than 10 percentage points ahead of independent centrist Emmanuel Macron
Right-winger François Fillon scored 22 per cent
Mlle Le Pen and M Fillon are for their part neck-and-neck: 29 per cent of those interviewed said that they thought that the scandal-hit conservative would make a good president; while 28 per cent said the same of the right-wing chief.
M Fillon is up two percentage points from last month, while Mlle Le Pen is down four points.
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Some 64 per cent of those polled said that this year’s topsy-turvy presidential campaign had been a “complete failure”.
The first round of the French presidential election will be held on April 23, and will be closely followed by a second-round runoff on May 7.
A total of 1,007 registered voters aged 18 and over were interviewed between April 5 and April 7.