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POLL: Presidential Race In Dead Heat As Conventions Kick Off

YAHOO.COM - President Barack Obama and the man who wants his job, Republican Mitt Romney, are locked in a neck-and-neck battle for the White House, with the challenger one point ahead in a new poll out Monday.

As the two head into their parties' conventions, beginning this week with the Republicans, the state of the US economy remains the dominant election theme, more than the issues including abortion that have roiled the political debate in recent weeks.

A Washington Post/ABC News survey of registered voters found Romney has crept ahead of the incumbent, 47 percent to 46 percent, a figure barely changed from early July.

More than eight in 10 voters give the economy poor marks, according to the Post, while 50 percent say they trust Romney more to handle the economy, compared with 43 percent for Obama.

A majority of respondents say they don't believe either candidate has what it takes to turn the struggling economy around. A full 58 percent say they are "not confident" that the economy will improve if Obama wins a second term, while 52 percent expressed a similar lack of confidence in Romney. click here to read more

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