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US Election Updates - August 31, 2012

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Romney leads over Obama

Mitt Romney secured a narrow lead over U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday following a small bounce from the Republican National Convention, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

At the start of the week, Romney was four points behind Obama in the first instalment of a Reuters/Ipsos rolling poll. Obama led 46 percent to 42 percent.

However, the most recent daily poll awarded Romney a two-point lead of 44 percent to 42 percent among likely voters.

Most political pundits believe convention "bounces" are usually short-lived. Obama is to accept his party's nomination for a second term next week at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina which could result in a recovery for the incumbent.

Analysts do agree though that the poll provides further evidence of a tight race between Romney and Obama.

A sample of 1,481 American registered voters was interviewed online for the survey. 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.