President Obama holds a 7-point edge over Mitt Romney in a new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday, up from the 3-point lead he held in a poll conducted about a month ago.
Fifty-two percent of registered voters say they would vote for Mr. Obama if the election were being held today, compared to 45 percent who would vote for Mr. Romney. Mr. Obama held identical 49 percent to 46 percent leads in the previous two CNN/ORC polls, though he did have an 11-point advantage in March and a nine-point edge in April.
The poll, conducted from Aug. 7-8, includes 911 interviews with registered voters; that sample has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. Mr. Obama notably has an 11-point lead among independent voters, though that sample has a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.
Forty-nine percent of registered voters approve of how Mr. Obama is handling his job, compared to 48 percent who disapprove.
In a problem that has been dogging Mr. Romney in recent polls, Mr. Obama also outperforms the Republican on favorability. Fifty-four percent of registered voters view him favorably, compared to 44 percent who have an unfavorable opinion. That compares to 48 percent who view Mr. Romney favorably and 47 percent who view him unfavorably.