WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama's lead over Republican Mitt Romney narrowed to 5 percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday, from a high of seven points in the week after the Democratic National Convention.

With just 50 days before the Nov. 6 election, Obama led the former Massachusetts governor by 48 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the online poll conducted Sept. 12-17. In a similar poll last Thursday, he led by 48 percent to 41 percent.

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"My takeaway is that it's pretty decent news for Obama that his bump is sustaining so long and he may be turning the post-convention bump into a lead," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.


In a shift in recent days, Americans also gave a small edge to Obama on the crucial topics of jobs and the economy, as they feel less nervous about economic conditions