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Campaign 2012

Poll: Obama Leads Romney by 3 Points

The president's narrow edge is within the poll's margin of error.

President Obama leads Mitt Romney 50 percent to 47 percent among likely voters in a CNN/ORC poll released on Monday. The poll cuts in half the lead Obama enjoyed in the previous CNN/ORC poll, which was done just after the Democratic National Convention. 

While Obama's convention bounce has faded among urban and lower-income voters, the pollsters said, he has retained some additional support among men and rural voters.


The new poll found nearly identical enthusiasm from backers of the two tickets. Seventy-four percent of likely voters supporting Obama support him “strongly,” compared with 72 percent of Romney supporters who support their candidate “strongly.”

Obama’s favorable-unfavorable split is 52 percent to 48 percent among likely voters, slightly better than Romney’s 49 percent to 50 percent showing. The president's job-approval rating stands at 49 percent.

On the issue of who would better handle the economy, likely voters prefer Obama 49 percent to 48 percent for Romney, an improvement for the president over a month ago, when Romney led by several points. 


On foreign policy, Obama’s lead among likely voters has shrunk from 12 percentage points in early September to 7 percentage points.

The poll of 783 likely voters was conducted Sept. 28-30. Obama's lead falls within the poll’s margin error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


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