Obama leads Romney 49-42 percent in latest Reuters/Ipsos survey

WASHINGTON Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:03pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama maintains a lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney with 40 days left until the November 6 election, the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Thursday.

The daily tracking poll said Obama had 49 percent support to 42 percent for Romney among likely voters. Ipsos interviewed 1,194 registered voters online for the survey.

The result showed the race basically holding where it has been for days with Obama enjoying an advantage over the former Massachusetts governor.

Obama got a bump in support from his Democratic National Convention earlier this month and Romney was hurt by the leak of a video from a private fundraiser he held in May in which he said 47 percent of Americans were dependent on government and unlikely to support him.

The Romney campaign argues that its internal data shows that the race is much closer than most polls are showing.

The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll had a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points for likely voters.

(Editing by Alistair Bell and Jackie Frank)

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Comments (83)
ThroughMyLens wrote:
Since Obama is leading so much in the polls whay is he still campaigning so hard?

Sep 27, 2012 3:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:
Romney is finished.

Sep 27, 2012 3:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
I think the polls are not as indicative as one might hope. The sampling is low, the questions vague and the people answering might be, like me, someone who has an email address.

The only way someone wins is with enough votes (unless there is vote/voter tampering which does happen to some degree) Don’t let money win the vote. Think for yourselves and be an informed voter and don’t simply expect your party to win because of what a poll told you.

Sep 27, 2012 3:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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