President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden claim a slim national lead over the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a new poll released Thursday shows.
The latest survey from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, conducted on behalf of the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times, shows Obama and Biden with a 2-point edge among likely voters nationwide, 48 percent to 46 percent.
As has been the case throughout the campaign, the poll shows Obama viewed more favorably than Romney. Fifty-three percent of likely voters have a favorable view of the president, compared with 45 percent who have an unfavorable view. Romney is viewed favorably 46 percent of likely voters, while 48 percent view him unfavorably. Although his name idenitifcation is lower than the two candidates at the top of each ticket, Ryan's favorability rating is above water: 40 percent have a favorable view of the House Budget Committee chairman favorably, while 33 percent have an unfavorable view.
The PollTracker Average currently shows Obama clinging to a nationwide lead over Romney, 46.4 percent to 45.6 percent, while the TPM Electoral Scoreboard shows the president with a more sizable advantage