President Barack Obama gained a 6 percentage point advantage over Republican Mitt Romney among registered voters following the Democratic National Convention, according to a poll which also finds a virtual tie among those most likely to vote.
The president’s position in a match-up with the Republican nominee among all registered voters is his strongest since Spring in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, which found 50 percent supporting Obama and 44 percent Romney in the three days following the president’s nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Another survey conducted during the same three days by CNN found Obama holding a 52 percent to 46 percent advantage over Romney among likely voters. A CNN survey taken Aug. 31-Sept. 3 following the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, had found the president and the Republican nominee tied at 48 percent.
The post-convention findings are similar to what the Gallup Poll has found in its daily tracking of the presidential contest, with the latest seven-day average of surveys covering the time of the Democratic convention and two days afterward — Sept. 3-9 — showing a 49 percent to 44 percent advantage for Obama among registered voters. Gallup’s seven-day survey of 3,050 voters carries a possible margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Neil Newhouse, pollster for the Romney campaign, yesterday dismissed the post-convention gain for Obama as “a bit of a sugar high.” He said, “The reality of the Obama economy will reassert itself as the ultimate downfall of the Obama presidency.”
Still, the CNN survey of likely voters found a narrowing gap among men, who have tended to support Romney in pre-convention polling. Obama led Romney by 48-47 percent among men in the CNN poll, and continued to hold an advantage among women, by 55-44 percent.
The latest poll reveals what pollsters call a “bounce” for the president from the last convention.
The 50 percent to 44 percent results among registered voters surveyed for ABC and the Post on Sept. 7-9, following the president’s convention, compares with Obama 46 percent, Romney 47 percent, in a survey immediately before the conventions. The post-convention findings mark Obama’s best standing since April in the surveys conducted by Langer Research Associates.
Nevertheless, Obama’s job approval as president stood at 48 percent in the latest survey, and among those considered most likely to vote in the ABC/Post poll, Obama drew the support of 49 percent, Romney 48 percent — statistically unchanged from pre-convention findings.
Langer Associates reports that the biggest shift has been among Democrats coalescing around their party’s nominee. Obama’s support among Democrats registered to vote has advanced by 8 percentage points to 91 percent following the convention.
In the eight states which Obama and Romney are contesting most heavily — which include Ohio and Florida — the ABC/Post poll found a 54-40 percent advantage for the president — compared with a 42-48 percent deficit for Obama before the convention.
Most registered voters surveyed say Romney has not provided enough details about the policies he would pursue as president — by a margin of 63-31 percent.
While 53 percent of registered voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, and 43 percent say the economy has gotten worse under his presidency, 57 percent say it wouldn’t have done any better under Romney.
By a margin of 50-40 percent, most surveyed say the president better understands economic problems people are having, and a wide margin — 61-27 percent of those surveyed — rate the president as more personally likeable.
Obama is viewed as a stronger leader by 50-42 percent, and as better able to work with both sides of Congress by 46-41 percent.
The Sept. 7-9 survey of 826 registered voters by Langer Research Associates has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
The Sept. 7-9 CNN/ORC international poll of 709 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Jonathan Salant contributed to this report.