Obama's lead among registered voters, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll
, was 49 per cent to 42 per cent. The poll was conducted over a five-day period, August 2-6, ending on Monday; it was conducted by phone, calling both landlines and cell phones. Obama's lead in the same poll last month was by a margin of 6 percentage points.
Obama more popular than Romney
In another poll
just released, this one from the Washington Post/ABC News, Romney's personal popularity also dropped, with 49 percent of respondents saying they view the former governor of Massachusetts negatively, up from 45 percent who viewed him negatively in May. In this most recent poll, 40 percent of respondents said they viewed him positively.
Obama's numbers in the poll were better, with 53 percent saying they view him positively and 43 percent saying they viewed the President negatively.
The American election is November 6.