A new national poll from Ispos and sponsored by Reuters shows a solid 7 point lead for President Obama, 49 percent to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's 42 percent. Obama leads despite a nearly even approval rating -- 49 percent approve to 48 percent disapprove -- while independent voters are down on the President's performance 37 percent approve to 49 percent disapprove.
"Obama’s lead is buttressed by continued perception of this strength vis a vis Romney on foreign and (non-economic) domestic issues," Ipsos pollsters wrote. "On economic issues, the candidates are more closely matched. Currently Obama is up slightly (46 to 44) after trailing slightly last month. This metric will be the most important indicator of Romney’s success in branding himself as an alternative to Obama on the most important issue of the day."
The PollTracker Average of the national race shows President Obama with a 2.6 percent lead overall.