President Barack Obama holds a narrow lead over his Republican challenger, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. The poll also showed a narrow preference for Democratic members of Congress.
Obama would win the votes of 49 percent of registered voters to Romney’s 46 percent. 5 percent of respondents said they were undecided or would support a different candidate.
The poll showed a narrowing of Obama’s support from mid-April, when Obama led Romney 52 to 43 among registered voters.
In addition to his narrow lead, Obama held a significant advantage in one important metric: depth of support. 62 percent of Obama supporters said they strongly supported Obama, compared to only 47 percent of Romney supporters. 53 percent of Romney supporters said they supported their candidate only moderately.
While Obama’s lead has narrowed since April, the race has also begun to come into focus. 74 percent of respondents say they are certain to vote for their preferred candidate, up from 67 percent in April.
Democrats also held an advantage on the “generic ballot,” which measures overall party preference for control of Congress. 48 percent of registered voters said they would like Democrats to control the House and Senate, while 45 percent supported Republicans. This showed a marginal change from April, when Democrats held a 50-46 edge.
While the race has narrowed somewhat, the approval rating of President Obama actually increased, to 52 percent, up from 49 percent in April, and his highest mark since May of 2011.
While much has been made of the gender gap in polling, the poll showed men and women in rough agreement, with 48 percent of men and 49 percent of women supporting Obama. The largest difference was in support from white voters and nonwhite voters. 56 percent of white voters support Romney, while 73 percent of nonwhite voters back Obama.
The poll of 895 registered voters and 1,009 adults was conducted May 29-31 by ORC International for CNN. The poll has a margin of error of ±3.5%
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