In a poll which may reflect both a bump from a successful Democrat convention and his message on the economy, Barack Obama has charged into a 4 point lead over Republican Mitt Romney. The Reuters/Ipsos poll results were published Sunday.
In the poll of 1,419 likely voters contacted online from Sept. 5-9, when asked if the election were held today, 47 percent of respondents said they would vote for Obama and 43 percent for Romney. The actual election date is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Polls leading into the RNC and DNC showed either a virtual deadlock or a slight Obama lead. After the RNC convention there was little or no bump, or 'bounce' in the numbers for Mitt Romney, but it does appear that the DNC convention has helped Barack Obama.
Barack Obama v. Mitt Romney on jobs
Despite Republicans attacking Obama on the sputtering economy daily, the biggest issue of the race, and despite the latest figures showing unemployment continues over 8 percent, Obama leads Romney as the candidate voters believe will handle jobs the best. Of the registered voters who were asked which of the two “will protect American jobs" 42 percent picked Obama while only 35 percent said Romney. It's a category the President has been gaining in during the past two weeks of daily polling, Reuters/Ipsos said.
“The fact that the dialogue is in the public sphere and Obama has been defending his record, it’s possible a little bit of that is sticking," Julia Clark, V.P. of Ipsos public affairs told media. Clark also said the results show the Democrats "are on good footing going into the rest of the election."
When it came to favorability, 54 percent of registered voters said they felt favorable about Barack Obama while 49 percent felt favorable of Mitt Romney.