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Gallup: Obama Sustains Convention Bounce


President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for his departure from Palm Beach International Airport after a campaign stop in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.   (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

President Obama's postconvention polling bump endured over the weekend, even after the latest unemployment surveys showed only sluggish job growth, according to data from Gallup released on Monday.

Fully half of Americans surveyed Friday through Sunday approve of the job Obama is doing as president, and 44 percent of Americans disapprove. Both numbers were statistically unchanged from the previous three days, when Gallup conducted a survey during the Democratic National Convention.


The latest three-day poll is the first that encompasses both President Obama's Thursday acceptance speech on the closing night of the convention and the release of the new U.S. jobs report on Friday morning.

Gallup also conducted a seven-day poll to gauge levels of support among registered voters for Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. In that survey, Obama leads Romney 49 percent to 44 percent.

The seven-day horse-race tracking poll was conducted Sept. 3-9. It includes interviews conducted both before and after the Democratic convention. Gallup's prior seven-day tracking period, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, showed Obama with just a 1-percentage-point lead over Romney, 47 percent to 46 percent.


Both Monday updates suggest that Obama has emerged from the convention period with a slight advantage over Romney, although it is unclear if he can sustain that advantage c until the next known inflection point in the campaign: the debates, which begin on Oct. 3.

For the president's approval rating, Gallup surveyed 1,598 adults (not necessarily registered voters), for a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points. For the most recent election tracking poll, 3,316 registered voters were surveyed, with a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2 percentage points.

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