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Surveys indicate a CLOSE contest in US Prez poll

October 24, 2012 12:33 IST

Various poll surveys ahead of the November 6 United States Presidential elections have come out with mixed results, indicating a possibly close contest between incumbent Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

While a survey by the Gallup daily tracking poll has given Romney a five point lead over Obama, RealClearPolitics, which keeps track of all major national polls, finds the race more closer, with Romney leading by less than a point (0.9 per cent) against Obama.

According to the rolling seven-day average through October 22 by Gallup, Romney is supported by 51 per cent of the voters while Obama has got the support of 46 per cent of respondents.

It is the seventh consecutive day that Romney has held the lead of five and more points advantage over Obama.

The Republican leads by four points as per Rasmussen Reports, while in the ABC News Washington Post poll, his lead is just one point.

According to Investor's Business Daily/TIPP Presidential Daily tracking poll, Obama leads by two points over rival Romney.

All these points do not take into account Monday's presidential debate.

Earlier, the Washington Post had said that there are "fledging signs of a fresh advantage" for Romney.

"Asked whom they trust on the economy, 50 per cent of likely voters say Romney while 45 per cent side with the President. That's the first time this fall that either candidate has had even an apparent edge on the clear number one issue on voters' minds. Political independents break for Romney by a 12-percentage-point margin on the subject, a high for the campaign," the daily said.

"The President counters with a steady, seven-point advantage among all likely voters when it comes to empathising with the economic problems people are having, unmoved from yesterday," it reported.

Lalit K Jha
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