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US Election Updates - September 5, 2012

Obama scores high on personal attributes in Reuters/Ipsos poll

President Barack Obama has received high marks from voters on personal attributes but faces uncertainty over his handling of the U.S. economy as the first day of the Democratic National Convention kicked off on Tuesday, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

With nine weeks to go until the November 6 elections, the online poll showed that voters found Obama more likable than his Republican rival Mitt Romney by 50 percent to 30 percent.

Meanwhile, 41 percent said they believed Obama "understands people like me," while 28 percent said the same about Romney.

However, on the issue of the U.S. economy, 75 percent believe the economy is headed down the wrong path compared to 17 percent who feel it is going in the right direction.

The overall poll result is little changed from Sunday's poll when the two candidates were tied at 45 percent.

Romney received a short-lived bounce in the polls from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida last week with Obama set to gain a bounce of his own.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll measures sentiment during the two-week convention season by polling over the previous four days.

A sample of 1,441 American registered voters was interviewed online. The accuracy of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for all respondents.