Both candidates took 46 percent nationally. Obama led the same poll taken in March, 47 percent to 44.

The survey, conducted between April 13 and 17, nicely encapsulates the slew of
conflicting poll data out this month.

Romney edged the president by 2 percent in the first Gallup daily tracking poll, released on Monday, but on Tuesday had stretched that lead to 5. The daily tracking poll from conservative outlet Rasmussen shows Romney with a 1 percent lead.

However, three other polls released this week showed Obama in the lead, up by 4 percent, according to Reuters-Ipsos and Pew Research polls, and up by 9 percent in a CNN Opinion Research study.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls has Obama with a 2 percent lead.

The CBS-Times poll shows signs that Republicans are warming to their presumptive nominee after a contentious primary season. With Rick Santorum out of the way, the poll found that a majority of Republicans, 54 percent, now want Romney to represent the party in the fall. In March, only 30 percent wanted him to be the Republican nominee.

Still, there has been a slight increase in Republicans who have reservations concerning Romney, ticking up from 38 percent in January to 40 percent in April, although 33 percent said they now support the former Massachusetts governor “enthusiastically,” compared to 28 percent earlier this year.

Most analysts believe the fall general election will be a tight race determined by a
handful of critical battleground states.