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US Election Updates - September 18, 2012

Obama's opinion poll lead over Romney narrows to 5 points

President Barack Obama's lead over his Republican rival Mitt Romney narrowed to 5 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

That compares to a high of seven points in the week after the Democratic National Convention.

With just 50 days to go until the November 6 election, Obama led by 48 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the online poll conducted September 12-17.

Last week, he led by 48 percent to 41 percent.

Thirty-seven percent of registered voters felt Obama had a better plan for the economy, compared with 34 percent who sided with Romney on the issue.

Obama led 36 percent to 35 percent on the issue in last week’s poll.

Meanwhile, 40 percent supported Obama on jobs and employment, compared with 36 percent who chose Romney.

However, more registered voters favored Romney as the candidate who would best deal with the federal government's budget deficit, with the figure sitting 34 percent compared to 29 percent for Obama.