Perl is really a pearl of a language. I have used it since my first year summer for my summer project to develop a website for insti using it extensively for both backend and frontend.
I have been using python scripts too, for Openflow platform and some simple tasks. I have always been biased towards Perl as a better language, but today I must say, Python has an edge.
One thing that I have personally realized is the OOPs concept implemented in both the languages. In Perl, it was introduced late as the language was not designed for it. I had hard time for writing modules in Perl and creating classes using *bless* and never felt blessed.
I think Python is easier. Besides there are a number of libraries and active community for Python than Perl. Perl once notoriously famous for its jaws regex and weird syntax, and the usual bragging that comes about by saying " there is more than one way to do it !" is loosing its popularity(i doubt how much it was before, because of the reasons stated above).
I have found it hard to compare the two in the past for couple of years, but now ...
definitely, python is as good as perl in my opinion :) [I am still a little biased towards perl]