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Independents provide boost to Obama over Romney

  • U.S. President Barack Obama extended his lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney to 7 percentage points due to support from independent voters.

    With just under six months to go before Election Day on November 6, Obama received the support of 49 percent of registered voters in a Reuters telephone poll, compared to 42 percent who backed Romney.

    The figures signal that Romney’s general election campaign has been slow to make an impact.

    Obama’s overall approval rating among 1,131 adults surveyed sat at 50 percent, one point up from last month.

    Political analysts say the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden provided Obama a chance to boost his national security credentials.