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Thursday, September 20, 2012

 11:33 AM 

Rasmussen: Obama 49, Romney 46

President Obama has a narrow lead on Mitt Romney in the latest poll from Rasmussen Reports.

The survey found 49 percent of respondents backed Obama, while 46 percent supported Romney. Two percent favored another candidate.

The results represent some movement from the firm's last poll in mid-August shortly after U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, was added to the GOP ticket as Romney's running mate. In that survey, 48 percent of respondents backed Romney, while 47 percent supported Obama.

Rasmussen said Obama had a clear advantage among those surveyed on who they trust more for issues such as health care, national security, taxes and energy policy. Obama also led 49-45 on who they trusted more in handling the economy.

The president's job approval rating was 51 percent, while 49 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, Romney was viewed favorably by 48 percent and unfavorably by 51 percent. In the last poll, his split was 54-44.

Romney led among male voters 49-45, but trailed among women 53-44, and Obama led 44-41 among those not affiliated with either major political party.

The automated phone survey of 500 likely voters was conducted Monday. The margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

-- By JR Ross


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