Despite the leader of the movement En Marche was target of numerous attacks from rivals who relegated him repeatedly to defensive positions, the young politician managed to get the best results in all aspects measured by the Elabe Institute in a survey.
The polling helped assuage fears that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen might pull off an upset victory similar to President Donald Trump's win in the November 8 USA election.
During France's first presidential debate on Monday, the leading five French presidential hopefuls traded punches on the most burning issues, ranging from immigration and Islamization, to the country's alliances and its very sovereignty.
Six other candidates now with low polling numbers were excluded from Monday's debate but are expected to take part in the next one.
Only the top two candidates go through to the runoff, where polls show Macron easily beating Le Pen.
"We can't take them in anymore", National Front Mayor Fabien Engeleman said, referring to the wave of mostly Muslim asylum-seekers.
Socialist candidate Hamon, 49, attracted a crowd of 20,000 to a Paris rally on Sunday, but with his staunchly leftist platform he is seen by many as representing the rump of a party in disarray. But when Le Pen accused him of beingin favour of the burkini, a full-body swimsuit worn by Muslim women that created weeks of controversy in France last summer when some mayors banned it from beaches, Macron exploded.
A second poll of over 1,000 viewers, by OpinonWay for Le Point, also placed Macron as "the most convincing", with 25% of votes.
Turkish politicians slam European Union court's headscarf ruling
Erdoğan also said Turkey would not comply with the migrant readmission agreement and with the European Union. Addressing a ceremony in northwestern Eskisehir province, Erdogan said: "We are sick of this".
After the surprise of Britain's Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, markets are nervous about the possibility of a Le Pen victory. "It was used before Brexit", said Le Pen, who has pledged a similar referendum on France's European Union membership.
He is under investigation for allegedly paying her for non-work as a parliamentary assistant.
Macron was relatively unknown before he introduced a series of reforms during his time as the economy minister in 2015, which chipped away at the "French social model", of the 35-hour workweek.
"If, in the end, a European policy that we are also responsible for propels Marine Le Pen into office as president, I do not think we should support that", he said.
French conservative Francois Fillon criticised German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her refugee policies in a televised presidential debate on Monday, saying her management of the migration crisis had caused huge problems for Europe.
Kebzabo, an MP, and several other opposition leaders previously denounced the fact Le Pen was the first French personality to congratulate Déby after he won the Chadian presidential on 10 April 2016.
Six other candidates were excluded according to Le Monde newspaper: Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Nathalie Arthaud, Philippe Poutou, Jacques Cheminade, Jean Lassalle, Francois Asselineau. "I will organise a referendum and there will be a national debate".