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Obama Bounce Gone, Poll Shows Presidential Race Now Tied

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/12/12 10:40 AM

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Any bounce pro-abortion President Barack Obama may have received is now gone as a new Rasmussen Reports poll finds him and challenger Mitt Romney essentially tied, as both candidates are one point apart and within the margin of error.

“The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows President Obama attracting support from 46% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 45% of the vote,” the polling firm noted this morning. “Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.”

“The president received a modest convention bounce, but that’s now gone. On the day the conventions began, Obama was up by two points,” Rasmussen continued. “Now the numbers are essentially back to that starting point with the president leading by a point.”

The poll actually shows Romney with a one point lead when “leaners” — those voters who are not sure about their vote but are pressed to name a candidate — are included. When “leaners” are included, it’s Romney 48% and Obama 47%.

A president’s job approval rating is one of the best indicators for assessing his chances of reelection. Typically, the president’s job approval rating on Election Day will be close to the share of the vote he receives. Currently, 51% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s job performance. That’s down a point from yesterday’s total which marked Obama’s highest approval rating since January 2011.

Forty-eight percent (48%) at least somewhat disapprove of how Obama has been doing.

Intensity of support or opposition can have an impact on campaigns. Currently, 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -12, the Rasmussn poll showed.

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With the economy the number one issue on the minds of most voters, Rasmussen provided details of how voters characterized both candidates.

“On the issue of job creation, 47% trust the president more, while 45% have more confidence in Romney. Forty percent (40%) think new government programs to fight unemployment will do more to create jobs. But slightly more (44%) feel cuts in government spending are a better job creator,” it said. “If Romney is elected president and Republicans win control of Congress, 45% think it will help the ability of private companies to create new jobs. Thirty-five percent (35%) believe it will hurt private sector job creation. If Obama and the Democrats win, 39% think that will help in the creation of private sector jobs, while 44% believe it will hurt.”