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Romney takes slight lead over Obama in Reuters/Ipsos poll

  • Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney surpassed U.S. President Barack Obama in the race for the White House for the first time in more than a month, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Wednesday.

    Romney leads 45 percent to 44 percent among likely voters.

    With less than four weeks to go before the November 6 election, Romney's surge comes on the back of his strong performance against Obama in last week's presidential debate, wiping out a rise in support the Democratic incumbent enjoyed following his party’s national convention at the start of last month.

    The poll indicated voters had warmed to Romney across a range of policy issues following the debate.

    On Tuesday, the poll had the two candidates tied at 45 percent.

    Poll respondents felt Romney was best suited to handle the U.S. economy, boost employment and deal with the federal deficit.

    A total of 39 percent of registered voters said Romney had a better solution for tackling the deficit, compared to 27 percent for Obama.

    The two were tied at 33 percent on the issue before the debate.

    However, pollsters felt Obama still had a better approach on healthcare, the Social Security retirement program, the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, gay marriage and the fight against terrorism.

    Among the 1,199 registered voters questioned, the credibility interval is plus or minus 3.3 percent.