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French Presidential Election: The Undecided Will Decide

By Savannah Smith, The Goldwater · 04-19-2017

In France, The 'Undecideds' Can Decide The First Round of the French Presidential Election with only two days left before the first round of the French presidential elections, many voters are still undecided about their choice.

This is according to the polls. Or perhaps the people from the countryside aren't willing to tell pollsters they support Marine Le Pen.

While the number remains unsure if they would even bother to go to the polls at all, the voter indecision is enormous. One third of French voters are unaccounted for.

Most agree that this will be the most unpredictable French elections in recent history. Surveys indicate that the top presidential candidates are only a few points apart. In such a close fight, experts say the undecided and no-show voters will make the difference in the election result.

The undecided rate is at 32 percent, according to an Odoxa survey for France Info. The percentage of voters who are sure of their choice is at its lowest since 2002.

Far right National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine's father, pulled off an upset in the first round of presidential election then.

Now it's his daughter running.

Only 66 percent of eligible voters, on the other hand, are sure that they will vote. That figure is still way below the 79.5 percent turnout in the first round of the 2012 presidential election.

The latest poll puts Nationalist Front candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron tied with 22 percent each, followed closely by center-right Republican Francois Fillon at 21 percent and Communist-backed Jean-Luc Melenchon at 18 percent.

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