Poll: Romney gets convention bounce, takes national lead

Mitt Romney has taken the lead over President Obama with a bounce in the polls from the Republican National Convention.

Romney leads with 44 percent support, compared with 42 percent for Obama, according to a Reuters-Ipsos national tracking poll released Thursday.

The Republican candidate started the week trailing Obama 46 to 42 percent. The swing of 6 percentage points is likely due to voter focus on the Republican National Convention, which concludes Thursday night in Tampa, Fla.

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The Real Clear Politics average of polls now shows Obama with only a 1 percentage point advantage over Romney, 47 to 46 percent, though that average doesn’t take into account the latest Reuters-Ipsos data.

While that’s good news for the Romney campaign, the bounce is likely to be short-lived as Democrats convene for their convention next Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. 

Romney also saw a small uptick in his personal appeal, according to the poll, with 30 percent now saying the GOP nominee is “ likable,” up from 26 at the start of the week. 

A historically low favorability rating has dogged Romney throughout his run for the White House, but he’ll look to build on the strong convention speeches given by his wife, Ann, and running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), when he addresses the nation for the first time Thursday night as the Republican nominee. 

The Reuters-Ipsos poll of 1,481 Americans was conducted online and has a 3 percent margin of error.

— This story was corrected at 8:32 p.m. to show that Mitt Romney leads President Obama by 2 points.

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