President Barack Obama leads Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney 48 to 43 percent among likely voters, according to a poll released Wednesday by Fox News. The numbers represent a 4-point bump since the conventions, due in large part to increased support from women and independents.
From Fox News:
The conventions helped a number of undecided independents pick a candidate. Before the Republican convention in Tampa, independents backed Romney by a 10-point margin (42-32 percent) and 26 percent were undecided. Today independents go for Obama by 5 points (44-39 percent) and 17 percent are undecided.
The poll also found a shift in voter enthusiasm. Prior to the conventions, Romney supporters were 10 percent more likely than Obama supporters to say it was extremely important that their candidate win the election. In the latest poll, nearly two-thirds of each candidate's backers said it was extremely important that their candidate wins.
Voters remained split on who would best handle the economy, with 46 percent preferring Romney on the issue, and 46 percent favoring Obama.
The Fox News poll surveyed 1,056 likely voters by phone between Sept. 9 and 11, and a 3 percent margin of error.