WASHINGTON -- Fighting a swell of economic anxiety, President Barack Obama has lost much of the narrow lead he held a month ago over Mitt Romney, and they are now locked in a virtually even race for the White House, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The survey also found that a majority of Americans disapprove of how the Democratic president is handling the economy, which fewer people think is improving.
Less than five months before the election, 47 percent say they will vote for the president and 44 percent for Romney, a statistically insignificant difference. The poll also shows that Romney has recovered from a bruising Republican primary, with more of his supporters now saying they are certain to vote for him.
The poll of 1,007 adults, including 878 registered voters, was conducted June 14 through Monday. Results from the full sample have a margin of error of 4 percentage points; it is 4.2 points for registered voters.