Washington: US President Barack Obama and his main rival Mitt Romney are running neck and neck in the race to be the next occupant of the White House, more than half a dozen polls have found ahead of the Republican and Democratic conventions.
According to RealClearPolicitics, which keeps track of all the opinion polls, Obama has a lead of just one percentage point over Romney, the Republican Presidential candidate, if the average of all these national polls are taken.
The CNN/Opinion Research Poll released on Friday gave Obama a lead of two point over Romney, who according to two separate polls -- Fox news and Rasmussen tracking -- has an advantage of just one point over the incumbent president.
On the other hand, the Gallup polls reported a virtual tie between Obama and Romney with both having a favorable rating of 46 percent.
Obama leads just one percentage point in two polls conducted by Associated Press/GfK and Monmouth/Survey USA/ Braun; while according to LA Times/USC Obama has a lead of two percentage point.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal gives Obama the maximum lead of four percentage point.
Given that lead up to three percentages comes within the range of statistical error, all these polls do not give any comfort to the Obama campaign as the polls are less than 75 days away.
The Republican National Convention, which will formally nominate Romney as its candidate for the November 7 elections, begins August 27.
The Democratic National Convention which will nominate Obama as its presidential candidate is scheduled to begin September 3.
According to the CNN, there is more enthusiasm among Republican voters than those who support the Democratic party and Obama, which might be a major cause of concern for the Obama campaign, given that on the election day it all comes down to the turnout of voters.
CNN said Obama and Romney are "deadlocked" in the race for the White House.
The Fox News said Less the race for the White House is a "virtual tie".
The Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket receives the backing of 45 per cent, while the Barack Obama-Joe Biden ticket garners 44 per cent, it said.