Obama and Mitt Romney in dead heat: Poll

A poll indicates that the November US Presidential Election is headed for a very close finish.

Updated: Jun 02, 2012, 11:50 AM IST

Washington: In yet another indication that the November US Presidential Election is headed for a very close finish, a latest opinion poll has said the incumbent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney are virtually tied at the moment.

This is because neither Obama nor Romney have a clear advantage on issue number one - the economy, the CNN said.

According to the CNN/ORC International survey, 49 percent of registered voters say that if the November election were held today, they would vote for Obama, while 46 percent say they would cast a ballot for Romney.

Obama`s three point margin is within the survey`s sampling error. Obama had a nine point advantage in CNN`s last national poll, which was conducted in early April.

"Which candidate better understands how the economy works? That`s a tie as well? 45 percent pick Obama, 45 percent choose Romney," CNN`s polling director Keating Holland said.

According to RealClearPolitics.Com, which keeps tracks of all major national polls, Obama is ahead of Romney by just 2. 5 points, which comes within the margin of error.

Meanwhile, US media said that yesterday`s gloomy employment news portends trouble for Obama and a wider opening for Romney.

"The weak employment report on Friday held the potential to reshape the presidential campaign, members of both parties said, lifting Mitt Romney`s efforts to make the race all about President Obama`s handling of the economy and making it harder for Democrats to break through in their efforts to define Mr Romney on their terms," The New York Times said.