How to add white space(s) to the option text?

<select id="sel">
<option value=""></option>

var text ="abc xyz";
var value ="val";
var contrlObj = document.getElementById("sel");
var newOpt = new Option(text,value);
contrlObj.options[0] = newOpt;


No matter how many spaces I inserted, it always displayed as: abc xyz.

What I intend to to is to display it as abc xyz with multiple white spaces. I tried abc &nbsp;xyz, and it displayed as abc &nbsp;xyz.

How can I do it?

Thanks to help.