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AP poll: Obama-Romney race remains tight

7:43 AM, Aug 22, 2012   |    comments
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The race between President Obama and Mitt Romney remains tight, with less than two-and-a-half months to go, says a new poll.

Obama edges Romney 47%-46% in the AP-GfK survey -- though most respondents expect Obama to win in the end.

Nearly 58% of respondents think the president will be re-elected on Nov. 6, while only 32% believe he will be defeated.

The same poll two months ago gave Obama only a 47%-44% lead.

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national conventions over the next two weeks, Romney's selection of running mate Paul Ryan appears to have had little effect on the race, AP reports.

From the Associated Press:

After just over a week on the campaign trail, Ryan has a 38% favorable rating among adults, while 34% see him unfavorably. Among registered voters, his numbers are slightly better -- 40% favorable to 34% unfavorable. Ryan remains unknown to about a quarter of voters. ...

Among true independents, those who say they do not lean toward either party, the share of undecided voters is declining, with each candidate picking up new support at about the same pace. However, Romney maintains a small advantage with the group, with the backing of 41% of independents to Obama's 30%. Some 21% still say they support neither candidate.

Among all voters, 23% are undecided or say they have not yet committed to their candidate.

USA Today

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