Results of the poll released Monday indicate 48.9 percent of voters said they would vote for Obama while 45.7 percent said they back Romney and 5.4 percent either said they were undecided or named another candidate.
Tracking surveys released by Rasmussen Reports and CNN Monday showed Obama leading Romney by 5 percentage points and 6 percentage points, respectively.
The majority of voters in the UPI poll conducted by CVOTER International listed economic-related issues as the most important questions facing the United States today. Heading the list was the economic crisis, followed by unemployment- and jobs-related issues, family income and poverty, and jobs going overseas and outsourcing. Rising prices also made it into the top 10 concerns.
Asked which party could best handle the economy and unemployment, 28.9 percent said Republicans and 28.3 percent identified Democrats. However, 14.7 percent said all parties were capable and 12.8 percent said no party could handle any of the issues.
By less than 2 percentage points, a plurality, 45.1 percent, give Obama a thumb's up on his job performance, while 43.7 percent said they disapprove of the job he is doing as president.
Results for the other questions are based on a seven-day rolling average of surveys with 1,292 registered voters conducted Sept. 3-9. Results concerning candidate support are based on nationwide telephone surveys of 1,003 registered voters who confirmed they will vote in November. The margin of error for the overall survey is 3 percentage points.