Obama ratings sink on economic doubts, worries

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama'sapproval ratings have dipped to their lowest level since Januaryon deep economic worries, wiping out most of his lead in theWhite House race over Republican rival Mitt Romney, aReuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The percentage of Americans who approve of Obama's jobperformance dropped from 50 a month ago to 47, his lowest levelsince early January. The number who think the country is on thewrong track rose 6 percentage points in a month to 63 percent.

The doubts about Obama's leadership helped Romney pull towithin 1 point of the Democratic president in the White Houserace - 45 percent to 44 percent - among registered voters withless than five months to go before the Nov. 6 election. Obamaled by 7 points a month ago.

The poll was mostly taken after Obama suffered severalrecent campaign setbacks, including a weak jobs report in Mayand an optimistic comment on the good health of the privatesector that critics say showed he was out of touch.

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