Obama, Romney virtually tied eight days before U.S. election

WASHINGTON Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:51pm EDT

1 of 11. U.S. President Barack Obama jogs into a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada October 24, 2012. Obama is on a two-day, eight state, campaign swing.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were virtually tied in a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Monday, with the Democrat leading by a single percentage point eight days before the November 6 U.S. presidential election.

Obama leads Romney 48 percent to 47 percent, a 1 percentage point drop for Obama and 1 percentage point rise for Romney from Sunday's tracking poll - still within the daily online survey's 3.9 percentage point credibility interval for likely voters.

"This is all movement around the middle," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark. "It basically underlines the closeness of the race. I don't think it's going to be too different until the election."

The poll showed that 22 percent of registered voters said they had taken part in early or absentee voting. Among that group, 58 percent said they voted for Obama and 39 percent said they voted for Romney.

The precision of Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. Among the 806 likely voters surveyed, the credibility interval is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

(Reporting by Deborah Charles; Editing by Alistair Bell and Will Dunham)

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badger103 wrote:
Romney’s ever-changing positions on …

Oct 29, 2012 1:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
misterjag wrote:
If the election was held today, the President wins by virtue of his edge in the swing states and the electoral college.

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SteveOSmith wrote:
Romney puts his money in the Cayman Islands and invests in Chinese companies who do business in Iran, Romney. I don’t think that he is a good idea for the country. Not when his own campaign says the Obama administration has over created over 4 million jobs, decreased unemployment from over 10% to 7.8%, increased the stock market 75% from almost 8000 to over 13000, and is ending both Bush deficit causing wars.

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