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US Election Updates - October 10, 2012

Obama and Romney tied in presidential race polls

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama are now tied among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll released on Tuesday.

With the November 6 election fast approaching, Romney and Obama each sit at 45 percent.

Obama enjoyed a steady lead in the poll for most of September but Romney narrowed the gap following a strong performance in the first presidential debate last week.

Last Sunday, Obama was leading by 2 percentage points in the poll.

Romney also found success in the opinion polls on the back of his scathing attack on his rival's economic record during the debate in Denver, Colorado.

The online survey of 1,157 likely voters was conducted between October 5 and October 9. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, it was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Voters' personal views of Romney also improved following the debate, according to the poll.

By a margin of 38 percent to 34 percent, registered voters felt Romney was more likely than Obama to be effective in the White House.

Obama is still viewed as more likeable, eloquent and empathetic than Romney by great margins.

On job creation, Romney led by 2.4 percentage points, wiping out Obama's earlier 5.8 percentage point lead on the issue.

The poor figures for Obama come despite a monthly jobs report released last Friday that showed unemployment dropped to almost a four-year low in September.

When asked which candidate was more capable of handling the federal budget deficit, Romney led by 7.7 percentage points.

Meanwhile, Obama's lead on taxes fell from 10.5 percentage points to 4.9 percentage points. His lead on social security also fell, from 12.4 percentage points to 6.7 percentage points.