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Obama, Romney in dead heat ahead of party conventions: poll

(Xinhua)

08:27, August 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger in the 2012 election Mitt Romney are still deadlocked nationally with voters' support, right ahead of their respective party's national conventions expected to rejuvenate their campaigns, according to a poll released on Monday.

The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that Romney edged Obama 47 percent to 46 percent among registered voters, which was well within the poll's 4-percentage-point margin of error.

As both sides agreed that economy remains a top issue in this year's election, the poll had some bad news for Obama, who continued to get more negative reviews than positive ones for his handling of the economy. However, ratings have not further deteriorated, the poll found.

Romney, who will formally accept the Republican presidential nomination during this week's party convention in Tampa, Florida, beat Obama by seven points among registered voters on handling the economy. Obama led an equivalent advantage over Romney on better understanding the financial problems people are facing.

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