Obama gets bounce, but not with likely voters

September 11, 2012

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that the Democratic National Convention did give President Obama a bounce -- but not where he needs it most. 

Among registered voters, Obama is up six points over Mitt Romney, 50 percent to 44 percent. Among likely voters, however, the race remains deadlocked at 49 percent to 48 percent. 

In the last Post-ABC News poll before the conventions, Obama and Romney were tied among registered voters. But Obama generally has an edge with people registered to vote. 

The president holds double-digit leads on women’s issues (21 percentage points), advancing the interests of the middle class (15 points), and social issues (11 points). Obama also has a fresh, albeit slender, lead on dealing with taxes. And while a majority of registered voters still disapprove of how Obama is handling the economy, Romney has lost his edge on who is trusted more to handle it. 

A CNN poll Monday gave Obama a six-point lead with likely voters. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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