President Obama's post-convention "bounce" grew Saturday, as polls showed him widening a lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
Gallup: Obama's lead among registered voters grew to 49 to 45 percent in Gallup's tracking poll. The 49 percent for Obama was his highest point in the survey since April. It represented an increase of 1 point since Friday and a 5-point swing from Romney's 47-46 percent lead in the survey before the Republican convention began. Gallup's measure of job approval also continued to improve for Obama, with 52 percent of adults surveyed saying they approved of his performance in office, compared with 42 percent disapproving. That survey uses a three-day average.
Rasmussen: Two other polls, the Rasmussen and Reuters/Ipsos surveys, also showed Obama with a lead. In the Rasmussen tracking poll, a three-day average which has tended to show better results for Romney, Obama led 46 to 44 percent among likely voters surveyed, up from a 1-point deficit on Friday and a six-point swing from just after the Republican convention.
Reuters/Ipsos: Obama led Romney among likely voters by 47 percent-44 percent, up a point from Friday, in the Reuters/Ipsos poll.
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Sen. John McCain said he is disappointed with his party's nominee for sidestepping world affairs in his campaign. But he reserved his most scathing words for President Obama, whom he blamed for inaction in Syria and elsewhere that "cries out for American leadership."
"It's the job of presidents and candidates to lead and articulate their vision for America's role in the world," said the 2008 GOP presidential nominee. "So I think the president should lead and I think candidates for the presidency should lead and talk about it, and I'm disappointed that there hasn't been more."
He added: "I have not seen a campaign as poisonous as this is. I have not seen candidates call each other outright liars. It has to do with money. It has to do with these outside groups. ... We've reached the lowest level of discourse that I've seen in American politics."