Mitt Romney is ahead of Barack Obama in a head-to-head United States presidential match-up for the first time since January, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative national sample of 769 American decided voters, 49 per cent of respondents say they will vote for the prospective nominee for the Republican Party in the election. Support for Romney increased by five points since April, and reached the previous high the GOP contender posted in the first month of 2012.
Conversely, 46 per cent of decided voters would cast a ballot for Obama in the presidential election. The Democratic incumbent has lost four points since April.
Romney holds a ten-point advantage over Obama among male voters (52% to 42%), while the incumbent president keeps a slight edge among female voters (49% to 46%).
Practically three-in-five respondents over the age of 55 (57%) say they will vote for Romney. While Obama is still the preferred choice for voters aged 18-to-34 and 35-to-54, the Democratic incumbent has lost four and five points in each group respectively since April.