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Polls Show Conflicting Results As General Election Heats Up

President Barack Obama has a nine-point lead over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, according to the latest poll. Or maybe Romney is leading Obama.

A barrage of national polls hit the media on Monday, showing conflicting results.

A CNN/ORC International poll showed Obama with a 52 percent to 43 percent lead over Romney, based mostly on his "likeability" and his lead among women.

Romney has generally been trailing Obama in national polls, but the CNN/ORC spread was the largest in recent weeks.

The latest election poll average, according to RealClearPolitics, shows Obama leading 47 percent to 44 percent. The president has consistently been ahead since September, according to RCP.

However, the results of a Gallup poll show Romney beating Obama 47 percent to 45 percent, or a statistical tie given the poll's margin of error.

Among critical independent voters, Romney had a 45 percent to 39 percent edge, according to the Gallup poll.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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