President Obama, Mitt Romney tied heading into Democratic convention, poll shows

President Obama will enter this week’s Democratic National Convention in a tie with Mitt Romney, after the Republican challenger got a slight boost from his own convention last week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published Sunday.

The presidential race is deadlocked, the survey showed, with both candidates enjoying 45-percent support among likely voters nationwide.

In a survey taken a week ago, before the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Romney trailed Obama by 4 points, 46 percent to 42 percent.

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Charlotte will host the Democratic National Convention from Tuesday to Thursday.

“The fact that Obama and Romney are still tied signals to me that we’re not going to see any sort of sustained bump for Romney,” Ipsos pollster Julia Clark told Reuters. “As we go into next week’s convention, Romney will struggle to maintain even footing with the president — we’ll likely see a shift back towards Obama.”

The latest poll showed Romney leads Obama among independent voters, 33 percent to 28 percent. Romney improved his likability rating during the GOP convention but still trails Obama, 48 percent to 32 percent, in that department.

The national poll included 1,441 registered voters and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.