Three polls show Obama-Romney tilt tight

May 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- President Obama and presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee Mitt Romney are virtually neck-and-neck, the Rasmussen Reports said Monday.

Results from Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday indicated Romney earned 47 percent of the vote and Obama attracted 45 percent support. Three percent said they would vote for a third-party candidate while 4 percent said are undecided.

The Rasmussen Report survey was the third released Monday indicating Obama and Romney are in a virtual dead heat. Polls released by Gallup-USA Today and Politico-George Washington University also showed the two men were battling within 2 percentage points of each other, well within the margins of error.

Obama and Romney have been within 2 percentage points of each other for 10 of the last 11 days, Rasmussen said. In that time frame, Obama held the slight advantage on six days, Romney held it for five.

Rasmussen's daily tracking indicated 48 percent of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the Obama's job performance while 52 percent said they at least somewhat disapprove.

Forty percent of voters said they think Obama's policy views are extreme and 35 percent said the same of Romney, Rasmussen said. About half said they think the views of both candidates are in the mainstream.

Daily tracking results are based on nationwide telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per day and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The margin of error for the full sample of 1,500 likely voters is 3 percentage points.

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