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Obama gains six-point lead over Romney: Poll

Politico says Barack Obama`s improved standing was fuelled in part by a slight rise in optimism about the future.

Washington: US President Barack Obama is reportedly gaining ground with a six-point lead over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, a new poll has revealed.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos survey, Obama expanded his lead over Romney to six percentage points in the White House race this month as voters became slightly more optimistic about the economy.

The poll showed that four months before the November 06 election, Obama led Romney among registered voters 49 percent to 43 percent, while in June, Obama held a slim one-point lead over the former Massachusetts governor.

According to Politico, Obama`s improved standing was fuelled in part by a slight rise in optimism about the future, with the number of Americans who think the country is on the wrong track dropping five percentage points to 58 percent.

Obama`s approval ratings ticked up 1 point to 48 percent and the number of Americans who disapprove of his job performance dropped 3 percentage points to 47 percent, the poll figures showed.

The poll also found that about 45 percent of Americans think Obama`s performance on jobs and the economy has been unsatisfactory, and only 35 percent think it has been satisfactory, marking Obama’s lowest level since December.


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