Obama in front after conventions

US President Barack Obama remained narrowly ahead of Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney in a poll last night, maintaining a boost in popularity that followed the Democratic National Convention. Of the 1,419 likely voters polled online over the previous four days, 47 per cent said they would vote for Obama and 43 per cent for Romney if the election was held today, a survey by Reuters and Ipsos showed.

The figures came as the candidates clashed over the Medicare programme, with both arguing that the other’s plans to reform the healthcare scheme for the elderly would send it into bankruptcy.