While a few polls have shown President Obama with a tangible lead after the Democratic National Convention, a new one gives him a razor-thin 1-point advantage over Republican Mitt Romney and less-than-solid marks on his handling of the economy.
Among likely voters, Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney 49 percent to 48 percent in the Washington Post/ABC poll. Both men get solid support from their own parties — Mr. Obama has a 94 percent to 5 percent lead among Democrats, and Mr. Romney has a 91 percent to 6 percent lead among Republicans.
Interestingly, though, Mr. Romney claims a sizable 11-point advantage among the ever-coveted independent bloc.
Self-identified Democrats also outnumbered Republicans by 6 points among likely voters, at 33 percent to 27 percent. Thirty-six percent said they were independent.
Among registered voters, however, Mr. Obama holds a 6-point lead at 50 percent to 44 percent — with virtually the same party sampling breakdown. Ninety percent of registered voters polled said they were “absolutely certain” they would vote or would “probably” vote.
Registered voters disapprove of Mr. Obama’s job performance by a 2-point margin, however, at 50 percent to 48 percent, and disapprove of his handling of the economy by an 8-point margin, at 53 percent to 45 percent.
Forty-seven percent of registered voters, though, say they trust him to do a better job handling the economy, compared to 45 percent for Mr. Romney.
The poll also appears to follow a theme that has persisted throughout the presidential race: Even voters who disapprove of Mr. Obama or his handling of the economy find him more likable than Mr. Romney. Sixty-one percent of those asked say Mr. Obama seems like the more friendly and likable person, compared to just 27 percent for Mr. Romney.
The poll conducted Sept. 7-9 was of a random sample of 1,002 adults, including 826 registered voters. The margin of error among the registered voter bloc is 4 percentage points.