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US Election Updates - September 2, 2012

Romney's convention bounce short-lived, suggests opinion poll

A slight increase in popularity for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney following his party’s convention this week appears to be short-lived, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Democratic President Barack Obama reclaimed a marginal lead on Saturday by 44 percent to 43 percent over his Republican rival in the latest daily instalment of the four-day rolling poll.

Romney was ahead by one point in Friday's online poll and two points on Thursday as the Republican National Convention got underway in Tampa, Florida.

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

Polls are expected to remain extremely tight up until the November 6 vote.

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

A sample of 1,505 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.