Obama lead over Romney down to four points: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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Posted: Apr 16, 2012 5:03 PM
Obama lead over Romney down to four points: Reuters/Ipsos poll

By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic President Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney has narrowed to 4 percentage points from 11 points a month ago, now that Romney has established himself as the likely Republican presidential nominee, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Obama was backed by 47 percent of registered voters in the telephone poll conducted from April 12-15, compared with 43 percent who supported Romney. In March, the poll had Obama leading Romney, 52 percent to 41 percent.

In what could be a sign of trouble for Obama, 53 percent of voters said that jobs and the economy were the most important issue in the presidential election, and Romney rated slightly higher than Obama on that issue.

Romney was seen as being a better choice to improve the economy and jobs by 45 percent of voters, while 43 percent favored Obama on the issue.

(Editing by David Lindsey and Sandra Maler)