Poll: Obama retakes lead after short-lived Romney Tampa bounce

A new poll finds President Obama retaking a narrow lead over Mitt Romney, after the GOP candidate enjoyed a short-lived bump from the Republican National Convention 

According to the new Reuters/Ipsos national tracking poll released Saturday, Obama holds a 44 percent to 43 edge over his GOP rival.

Romney enjoyed a bounce last week when he officially accepted his party’s nomination at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

{mosads}Reuters/Ipsos showed Romney with a two-point lead over Obama, with 44 percent to 42, on Thursday ahead of his acceptance speech. On Friday, Romney held one point edge. He started the GOP convention week trailing the president 46 to 42 percent.

“This wasn’t a lightning bolt convention,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said.

The poll found 39 percent of registered voters who heard about the convention said it was excellent or good, but with a nearly equal number saying it was average.

Republicans were more positive, with 65 percent saying the convention went well and 31 rating the three-day event average. 

The poll found that Romney saw a slight rise in his likeability. Thirty-two percent said they found him likeable, a one-point gain from Friday’s survey. Obama’s likeability dropped one point to 47 percent from Friday.

Romney has been hampered by historically low favorability ratings and convention organizers hoped strong conventions speeches from him, his wife Ann Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would help the GOP candidate reintroduce himself to voters. 

A Rasmussen poll released Sunday differs from Reuters and shows Romney holding his convention bounce. The conservative polling outlet found Romney with a four-point lead over Obama, whom he trailed by two points before the convention in the same poll. Rasmussen now shows Romney leading the president with 48 percent support to 44.

Democrats meet in Charlotte, N.C. this week for their convention, with Obama slated to accept his party’s nomination on Thursday.  

The Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll was taken over four days and has a 3 percent margin of error. 

This post was updated at 12:29 p.m.

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