Obama lead slips in pre-debate poll


President Barack Obama’s lead over Republican Mitt Romney dipped slightly to five percentage points ahead of next week’s first debate in the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released yesterday.

Obama leads Romney among likely voters by 47 per cent to 42 per cent in the daily online tracking poll, down from Thursday’s seven-point advantage of 49 per cent to 42 per cent.

“I don’t think this is a big worry for Obama, but it does support what we’ve been saying all along – this is going to be a close race,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said. – (Reuters)