For only the second time since Gallup began tracking the head-to-head presidential match-up in 2012, President Barack Obama has reached the 50 percent threshold.
Obama leads Republican nominee Mitt Romney among registered voters nationwide in Gallup’s Tuesday release, 50 percent to 44 percent. The last time either candidate polled that high was in the tracking period of April 21-26, when the president led Romney by 7 points, 50 percent to 43 percent. Gallup began testing the match-up between Obama and Romney on April 11.
Tuesday’s release comes amid palpable signs that Obama earned a bounce from the Democratic National Convention. The president had been polling at 49 percent over the last three days in Gallup’s tracking, and a CNN poll released Monday showed Obama opening up a 6-point lead over Romney nationally.
Obama’s approval rating also met the 50 percent mark in Tuesday’s release, the fifth consectutive day at least half of respondents said they approve of the president’s job performance in Gallup’s tracking.
The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama holding nearly a 3-point lead over Romney, 48.6 percent to 45.8 percent.