OK, I know I shouldn't pay any attention to approval ratings, beauty contest polls, etc., but the arrest of DSK has shaken things up in ways that are hard to evaluate, and the latest CSA poll gives us a first indication of winners and losers. And Sarkozy seems to be a winner: his approval rating is up for the second month in a row. To be sure, 35% is still low, but it's not abyssal and at least puts some daylight between him and Marine Le Pen, who is down to a 22% "positive image" rating (down 8 from a month ago), just above Mélenchon at 21 and below DSK at 26 (down from 50 a month ago!). In other words, DSK post-Sofitelgate is now where Sarko was two months ago.
Meanwhile, Aubry is up 11 at 53 and Hollande up 9 at 52, so those two are running neck-and-neck. Of course, Nicolas Hulot topping the list tells you that this poll isn't really about politics: it's about image, perception, as the title indicates. And look at the middle of the pack: Borloo, Bayrou, Royal, and even Villepin and Chevènement--what an assortment--all enjoy positive image ratings approximately equivalent to Sarko's approval rating, if these two different rating scales are comparable (I doubt they are in any simple way, and I haven't the patience to try to figure out some statistical relationship).